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Education Ministry announces guidelines and subsidies for 2018-2019 exams registrations



Ministry of Education | 2018-10-08 13:06:00

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is reminding school administrators that students registering to sit various exit level examinations for the 2018-2019 academic year, should do so in keeping with their career pathways, interests and abilities. In addition the Ministry will again be providing subsidies for certain categories of students in need who are sitting exit exams.

The Ministry is also reminding that students entering the fourth form should all be settled into a course of study for the following two years and those exiting the secondary level should have met the minimum standard of a National School Leaving Certificate with the minimum subjects attained in either CSEC, City and Guilds, NVQJ or CVQ being Mathematics, English Language and a marketable TVET skill.  Students may complete up to eight (8) subjects but should be encouraged to exit the secondary level with at least five (5) subjects which should include Mathematics, English and a marketable TVET subject.

With the introduction of a guaranteed seven-year (Grades 7-13) programme of
study whereby students can access education through structured and regulated
learning, more students will be remaining in school up to Grades 12-13 and hence
will require additional support for examination subsidy at that level.

In keeping with its mandate to have a responsive, adaptable and agile education system, the Government of Jamaica will provide examination subsidies for secondary level students sitting exit examinations in the following subject areas: Mathematics, English Language, a Science subject, Information Technology/EDPM and a marketable skill area in the CSEC, NVQ-J, CVQ and the City and Guilds examinations. Payment will also be made for up to eight (8) subjects for students on the PATH and those who are wards of the State.

In summary the strategic direction of the Ministry, since the 2017-2018 academic year is to offer a subsidy for up to eight (8) subjects for students on PATH and wards of the state and four (4) for all other students for subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council (CSEC).

The Education Ministry will also provide a subsidy for three (3) Units in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) each year, which includes the compulsory subject and two others. Full subsidy will be provided for the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ), National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J) and two subjects in City and Guilds.

Please note that since 2014, CXC has been providing the certification for
CVQ and not the NCTVET. As a result, schools should therefore ensure that students
are registered through the Technical and Vocational Unit of the Ministry of
Education, Youth and Information.




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