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  • Education Minister, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Ministry will consider establishing a sixth form programme at the Edith Dalton James High School in St. Andrew.
  • The Minister gave this undertaking in light of Principal, Ray Howell’s disclosure that students’ performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) external examinations has improved significantly.
  • In his remarks, Rev. Thwaites, who was the guest speaker, indicated that the Ministry “will be happy” to sanction establishment of the new grade level.

Education Minister, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the Ministry will consider establishing a sixth form programme at the Edith Dalton James High School in St. Andrew, once the administration is able to secure a sufficient number of students who can adequately fill this grade level.

The Minister gave this undertaking in light of Principal, Ray Howell’s disclosure that students’ performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) external examinations has improved significantly.

“Many of our students have attained 10 CSEC subjects. Students are (also) sitting CSEC at Grade 10 and have been successful in passing between one and five subjects. Our goal is that by 2015/16, all of our Grade 11 students will be sitting CSEC subjects, and we are expecting at least 60 per cent passing five, or more subjects,” the Principal informed.

He was addressing a recent dedication ceremony at the school for five newly constructed classrooms, and a library resource centre.

In his remarks, Rev. Thwaites, who was the guest speaker, indicated that the Ministry “will be happy” to sanction establishment of the new grade level, “as soon as you elevate your CSEC passes to a level where you can fill out a sixth form cohort.”

“If you do well here, you shouldn’t be searching for (sixth form) places elsewhere. It is important…that the maturity of a sixth form be added to our secondary schools, and I believe that the results at (Edith Dalton James High School) will, in due course, warrant that,” the Minister said.

The Minister expressed satisfaction with the school administration’s target of ensuring that all students take an exit exam at the end of Grade 11 in another year or two.

 

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