Guyana Guardian – In the wake of his disclosing that more than 10,000 students have failed to gain any subjects at this year’s CSEC Examinations, Registrar of the Caribbean Examinations Council, Mr. Glenroy Cumberbatch was quick to point out that the Caribbean might not be properly preparing pupils to be employed.

While he has stopped short of saying whether the failure rate had anything to do with the teachers that are preparing students for CSEC, or a possible lack of dedication by the failed students, he suggested that it may become necessary for the rest of the CXC countries to consider adopting the vocational examinations that are currently being offered by the CXC.

Those vocational programs include the Caribbean Vocational Qualification or CVQ and the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence or CCSLC.

By comparison, they are less intense than the CSEC, and provides for certification issued by the Caribbean Examinations Council.
As a matter of fact, the CVQ and CCSLC certificate programs are made up of just four subjects and is more suitable for students who may find the CSEC to be challenging.

It was reported earlier by this publication that the Registrar was concerned about the more than 10,000 students that had failed to obtain any subjects at the 2018 CSEC exams. (See that article HERE)

Though the Registrar has said that Caribbean students have performed better this year at CSEC, the zero subjects numbers appear to be alarming.

More than 60,000 students have written CSEC this year, with 59% of them performing satisfactorily.

The more than 10,000 that had failed to obtain any subjects at all, amounts to 13%.