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Jamaica Local Examinations-Proposed Changes - The National ...

Jamaica Local Examinations-Proposed Changes - The National ...

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- 7-(a)(b)(c)(d)the examination should be of a satisfactory standard;it should be a group examination; that is to say, theaward should be mc:.de on tho basis of attainment ina group of subject s.accompanying the certificate should be a s t atementby the Head Tea cher of the char acter and overallability of the pupil;failure to obtain the tchool l eaving certificateshould not preclude the pupil from sitting a subsequentlocal examination at a higher l ev el.(iii) Subjects for the examinationaPapers for the examin2tionshould be set in the following subjects g-EnglishMathematicsll General Pape·r.It is usually accepted tha t whil e an examination t ests the s t andard of. attainment of a candidate, it £lso helps to s hape the type of instructiongiven for preparation. Bearing this principle in mind, it i s r ecommended that.the examination should not be bookish but should be based on a syll abus fort he top forms of the senior school.ll pa ss in the examination should requirea fairly good standard of English with emphasis on expressional and interpretativeexercises.The pass mark should hot be less than 40% in the groupof :Subj eats taken together,__ provided tha t . the mark in the English papershould not be less than 50%. Mathematics should include arithmetic and el e-ments of geometry and algebra. The general paper should be set on the multiplepattern and should deal vfi th questions arising out of environmentalknowledge and an awareness of the country in which we live.-It is recommendedthat no fndication of tho subjects taken should beshown on the certifica t e, but rother that overall attainment should be signified.On the other hnnd, the oortificnte -should indicate the nature ofsuch practicalsubj eats in which the pupil showed petrticular aptitude, v1i thspecinl reference to craft, woodwork, domestic science, etc ••(iv) Standard of the Examination: Care must be taken that the certificatewill be of a standard tha t will eqrn public respect. On the other hand, itshould be within the achi'·:v:ement of the majority of the pupils who attendschool regul arly and complete the course.(v) Practical Subjectsg Pupils should also hnve the option of to.kinga certain number of practical subjects.These subjects should be assessedby the school in collaboration v-ri th Education Officers, and the school l ec:ving/ certificnto

- (.- 8 -certificate should attest to the pupil's prqficiency in these subj ect s.In dealing with the question of prnctical subjects thq following f actors0should be observed g-(a) practical subjects should be assesse d and not examined,and this should be tho ~esponsibility of the Rend Teacher ;(b) a r ecord of the performance in these subjects should bekepi in the schooi and be ma de avail abl e for examinationby those concerned with the examination.·. :/·' .... ·:.~ ..,· ...... ·.· ··-- · ._.. ,.(vi) Testimonialg As stated befo:):'e, the certificate should be nccompaniedby a statement by tho He ad Teacher of the char acter and overallability of the pupil.It is recommended tha t this testimonial should beprepared under the guidance of a formul a prepared by the Ministry.Theintention of this statement is twofold.On the one hnnd, it will providefor those who pass the examination an evaluation of qualities outside ofacademic attainment 1and on the other hand, it will give some . opportunityof recognition to those pupils who f ail t o pa s s the examination but who,in tho opinion of the Head Teacher, are considered worthy in other r e spects ,such a s character and deportment.r vii) Qualifications for sitting the examinntiom It is recomr:10ndedthnt any pupil who hns completed the senior school course \7ho is ~n tho: .~final year of school and who has attended for 70% of each of the t wo 12-month periods immediately before July _ of each year, ahd who expresses . thedesire, should be eligibl e to sit the examination.No pupil should becompelled to sit the examination, but it is expected that all VJho a r e eligiblewill do so.Requirements for AppreticeshipOrders8. The Apprenticeship (Motor Mechanic Trade) Order, 1959~ . provid e stha t for entry to apprenticeship the applicant should be"in possessionof a School Le aving Certificate of a Senior or All-Age School or ha s r cnchedan equival ent standard of education as certified in each _ca se by tho HeadTe acher and an Education Officer of· the area" • .. Your committee is of opinionthat the examination propose d fer pupils a t ~he end of their senior schoolcourse described above, would bo a satisfactory q_ualifica tion for :persons·, _... ..entering apprenticeship. It is r e commended also t k .t those p_upil s ·whofail t o qualify in this examination should be allowed by moe.nsof any formof further education availabl e to them, to enter apprenticeship if t ho yare able to prove to the satisfaction of tho Hinistry of Education tha t they/have since

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