BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, AUGUST 24TH 2014 (CUOPM) – Of the eight schools that wrote the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC) examination, passing grades were returned in English, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Social Studies, French or Spanish.
Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty said the CCSLC is competence-based qualification that attempts to respond to the changing demands of education, and is designed to certify the knowledge, generic competencies, attitudes and values that all secondary school-leavers should have attained.
“Students who successfully complete the CCSLC would also have achieved a foundation for further education and training, expanded opportunities for entry-level employment, opportunity to articulate with other programmes such as the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET).
“In order to obtain this certificate a candidate has to pass five qualifying subjects over a maximum of five years,” said Mr. Carty.
The passing grades returned in English, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Social Studies, French or Spanish from the schools are Charles E Mills Secondary School – 98%; Saddlers Secondary – 96%; Washington Archibald High School – 91%; Basseterre High School – 90%; Cayon High School – 86%; Verchilds High School – 81%; Charlestown Secondary School – 72% and Gingerland Secondary School – 62%.
“It is hoped that through public sensization, the CCSLC will gain currency which would lead to an improvement in technically-trained persons and as a result, improved employability of our young people,” said Minister Carty in a radio and television address.