Second Opportunity Education Programme Launched on Montserrat to assist CXC Performance


MNI Media

Release Date

Monday, September 2, 2019


The Department of Community, Youth and Sports on Montserrat have announced the start of a Second Opportunity Education Programme in response to the 2019 CXC O ’level performance.

The Second Opportunity Education Programme, according to the Department, seeks to increase the number of youth on Montserrat with the minimum academic requirements for employment in the Government Public Service and desired by many private sector employers. The indicators will be successful completion of English and Math courses and re-sits of O’ Level Exams.

The target group will be those youth currently engaged on the Apprenticeship programme and individuals who did not pass the exams from the most recent sitting May/June 2019. The programme will identify learning styles, define problematic topics or sections and provide supplemental instruction towards topics.

The recent results of the Caribbean Examination Council O ’Levels 2019 for Montserrat indicate a continued deficiency in academic attainment.

This year only 26% of the cohort obtained 5+ CSEC passes including Math and English. This performance is down from the 43% obtained in 2018. The program seeks to address those who have already graduated from the school system while other efforts will be made to have intervention within the school. 

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