The Caribbean Examination Council, CXC, will be suspending four subjects at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, CSEC and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam, CAPE levels.

This follows continued low enrolment by students across the region.

Shaloy Smikle reports.

The subjects are Mechanical Engineering, Agricultural Science – Double Award, Green Engineering as well as Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Technology.

CEO of CXC Dr. Wayne Wesley, explained that the decision was taken following a decline in student engagement.

Dr Wesley says the suspension of the subjects will take effect in September 2025.

Dr Wesley adds that schools across the region can still request the suspended subjects, but at an additional cost.

Meanwhile, President of the Jamaica Teachers Association, JTA, Leighton Johnson, has expressed concern at CXC’s decision to suspend the subjects.

Mr. Johnson is calling on the Examination Body and the Ministry of Education to clarify the move and what it means for teachers and students alike.

Leighton Johnson, President of the JTA.