PATH ben­e­fi­cia­ries get fund­ing for five CSEC sub­jects

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

THE GOV­ERN­MENT plans to spend $450 mil­lion this year to sub­sidise five Caribbean Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Cer­tifi­cate (CSEC) sub­jects for stu­dents on the Pro­gramme for Ad­vance­ment Through Health and Ed­u­ca­tion (PATH), and wards of the State, as well as another four des­ig­nated sub­jects for other stu­dents at the sec­ondary level.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Ruel Reid yes­ter­day urged schools to reg­is­ter all stu­dents in the grade 11 co­hort for the ex­am­i­na­tions.

Stu­dents tak­ing the Caribbean Ad­vanced Pro­fi­ciency Ex­am­i­na­tion (CAPE) and the Caribbean Vo­ca­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion, the Na­tional Vo­ca­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion of Ja­maica, and City and Guilds ex­am­i­na­tions are also to ben­e­fit from gov­ern­ment sub­sidy. In the case of CAPE, the Gov­ern­ment will fund part of the cost of three of the ex­am­i­na­tions.

SUB­SIDISED SUB­JECTS

The four CSEC sub­jects for which sub­sidy will be pro­vided are English lan­guage, math­e­mat­ics, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, and a science sub­ject.

Reid said stu­dents cur­rently reg­is­tered with the PATH and wards of the State would have the ben­e­fit of sub­sidy of a fifth sub­ject.

How­ever, the PATH stu­dents will only re­alise this ben­e­fit if they have an av­er­age of 55 per cent in their school ex­ams.

Start­ing this year, the ed­u­ca­tion min­istry will also pro­vide full pay­ment for reg­is­tra­tion and ex­am­i­na­tion fees for stu­dents sit­ting the City and Guilds math­e­mat­ics and English lan­guage ex­am­i­na­tions at Stage Two and Three.

Reid told jour­nal­ists that the Ja­maica Pub­lic Ser­vice, through its foun­da­tion, has com­mit­ted to pay the CSEC ex­am­i­na­tion fees for stu­dents study­ing elec­tri­cal and elec­tronic tech­nol­ogy sub­jects. Schools will qual­ify for the ben­e­fit if they have had a pass rate of 60 per cent or more over the past two aca­demic years.

“For new-en­try schools, they must have an over­all CSEC exam sit rate of 90 per cent over the past two years,” Reid said.

At the same time, the Na­tional Com­mer­cial Bank Foun­da­tion will con­tinue to pro­vide fund­ing sup­port for stu­dents sit­ting busi­ness sub­jects in prin­ci­ples of ac­counts and prin­ci­ples of busi­ness. The qual­i­fy­ing grade is 70 per cent.

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