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Darville Calls On Lloyd To Address Results Decline

PLP Senator Dr Michael Darville.

PLP Senator Dr Michael Darville.

By RIEL MAJOR

Tribune Staff Reporter 

rmajor@tribunemedia.net

PLP Senator Dr Michael Darville said Education Minister Jeffrey Lloyd has a “duty to address this decline” after this year’s poor examination results. 

In a press statement yesterday, Dr Darville, PLP shadow minister of health and education, said the Lloyd’s poor leadership as well as his attempts at intimidating and threatening educators have created a toxic mix in the public school system that have adversely impacted scholastic performance and education outcomes.

“This has hurt our children and if it is not arrested could have negative implications for us as a nation. Minister Lloyd has a duty to address this decline in scholarship and outline a strategy to reverse this trend. A good place to start is to create an environment that is conducive to learning,” Dr Darville noted.  

“Fewer students have reportedly sat the core BGCSE subjects of Maths, English and Science and there was a decrease in the number of students who secured at least a grade of C in these core subjects.” 

“The Education Minister was very critical of the PLP’s handling of public education, branding the Christie government as careless and negligent, characterising our education system as being in crisis and claimed to have the answers to our education woes. During his tenure as Minister, we are seeing a deterioration in the quality of education.” 

Dr Darville added: “Schools have not opened on time for the start of the new school year due to delays in required repairs and the minister has failed to resolve a number of outstanding labour issues with the Bahamas Union of Teachers. There have also been reports of unsafe and unhealthy work environments which have led to demonstrations, strike votes, walkouts and sit outs by teachers.” 

Last week, the newly released results of this year’s Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) and Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE)  were released which showed fewer students scored at least a C grade in score subjects Mathematics, English and Science. 

A total of 484 candidates fell into this category. This represented a decrease of 1.22 percent when compared with 2018. That year, 490 students scored at least a C.

The scores have got progressively worse and were released much later than is customary. Additionally, the number of candidates receiving a minimum or five subjects or more with a D grade or higher decreased.

This year 1,213 candidates attained a minimum of D in at least five subjects, representing a 9.34 percent decrease from the results of 2018.

The Bahamas Junior Certificate scores were not better with an 18.36 percent decrease in the number of students who scored at least a C grade in math, English language and science. 

In 2018, 1,552 candidates scored at least a C and 1,326 were in 2017.

Those who achieved a D grade in five or more subjects were also lower.

This year, 2,176 candidates achieved a minimum of D, a 6.17 percent decrease when compared with 2018’s 2,319.

Comments

The_Oracle 2 weeks ago

Pot calling the Kettle black. Educational institutions have been so down graded in funding, staffing and "culture" I doubt it can ever be recovered.

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boopboop 2 weeks ago

Stop hitting the pot with the spoon....This decline aint just start.

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momoyama 2 weeks ago

Incredible how pro-FNM biased you Tribune readers are brainwashed to be..

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proudloudandfnm 2 weeks ago

I am not a Minnis fan in the least, I so wanna see him removed but they are 100% correct, Darville is a hypocrite for this. The PLP under Christie had no better results....

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momoyama 2 weeks ago

Are you sure about that? Have u anything to back it up? Did uou know that school computerisation increased more from 2012 to 2017 than at any other time in Bahamian history? There is simply no comparison: in education and almost everything else Christie's government were better - though far more attacked and scrutinised by the media.

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proudloudandfnm 2 weeks ago

um, did you even live here when that crew of incompetent crooks was in power?????? damn.....

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momoyama 1 week, 6 days ago

Yes I did. I also heard a lot of loose adjectives thrown around (like incompetent, crooked etc.). What I saw little of was actual EVIDENCE. With this crew the evidence is everywhere and the media and commentators like yourself have become one-sided apologists. And FNM cabinet (in which my father served) was proved in a court of law to have corruptly swung a contract. By contrast the FNM's attempts to prove corruption by the PLP have all been unsuccessful to date. Still, that does not stop people like you from buying the media's warped mythology.

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proudloudandfnm 1 week, 6 days ago

Dude whatever it is you're smoking please share. Das some good stuff right there....

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momoyama 1 week, 6 days ago

Thanks for your very informative reply, complete with actual examples, critical analysis and specific responses. A huge contrast with my own descent into meaningless cliches from television. Lol

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sheeprunner12 1 week, 5 days ago

The FNM is just perpetrating Pindling's doctrine of making Bahamians "fat, dumb and happy" ........ It just so happens that no one is really happy today, except a few PEPs.

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