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“It doesn’t come just like that:” Minister of Education says work is not done after promotion

Posted: Monday, April 20, 2020. 2:12 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: Perhaps the most eyebrow-raising portion of his statement this morning is Minister of Education Patrick Faber invoking Section 128 (3) of the Education Rules, concerning promotion and graduation of students.

As classes are not expected to resume before the projected end of the school year in June, and there will be no examination at school or national level to determine competency, schools are in effect being asked to advance students or clear them for graduation based on their current grades.

But the Ministry, Faber said, is “not encouraging just pushing students along without every possible effort to support them to get what they need to get to get them to the next level. It is our duty and the schools and parents, teachers have an obligation to give their best support. When the Ministry says promote them, it doesn’t come just like that. It means everybody including students will do all what they can to take them to the next level.”

Thus, all secondary students will be promoted – from first to fourth form -and in the lower grades will be provided with remedial classes when the new school year begins.

School boards are advised to adjust graduation requirements and first formers will take the Primary School Examination (PSE) which they missed in Standard Six. Fourth formers meanwhile will not sit the CSEC/CAPE examinations set by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

All students from Infant 1 to Standard Five are expected to be promoted, while all Standard six students who have met the school’s standards for primary certification are expected to graduate from primary school and be promoted to First Form. The high schools have their particular criteria for acceptance usually including Standard Five and Six grades and others.

On registration for new school year, all educational institutions advised to extend deadlines for payments due to the economic situation.

The Minister reminded that we must all do to our part to ensure the continuation or our children’s journey to success.


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