Teachers’ Association alarmed by CXC’s decision to phase out several subjects at CSEC & CAPE levels

Reports have emerged that four subjects are to be discontinued by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC)  at the CSEC and CAPE levels.

The subjects are, Agricultural Science (double award) and Mechanical Engineering at the CSEC and CAPE levels; as well as, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology and Green Engineering.

Reports indicate that the decision was taken, due to a low take up, by students.

One school principal told IRIE FM News that he was made aware of the development, over the weekend.

The school official referred to communication received, which indicated that the subjects should not be taught, as of the new school year in September.

Meantime, the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) says it’s alarmed by the decision of the CXC to phase out Mechanical Engineering and Agricultural Science at the CSEC and CAPE levels.

JTA President Leighton Johnson says this move by the CXC has severe implications for the country’s education system, students, and teachers.

The JTA head is demanding job protection and quality education, amidst the CXC’s discontinuation of these courses.

Johnson also wants answers from the Education Ministry, and CXC about the implications of this plan.

He says the JTA will continue to advocate for a well-funded and supported education system, that prepares the nation’s students for success and protects the rights of teachers.


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