The Education Ministry has announced that fifth form students from across the country who will be writing their CSEC examinations this year, will first face an English and Mathematics Diagnosis Examination on Wednesday, February 14th and Thursday, February 15th, 2018.
The examination that has been prepared by the Ministry of Education will cover the content that is expected to be taught to date.
According to the Ministry, teachers for the two subjects will utilise the results from these examinations to effectively re-teach and give students practice exercises that will aid in the mastery of content.
The teachers that will be marking the examination scripts have been furnished with the relevant mark schemes for each subject area.
The Mathematics Paper 2 and Paper 1 examinations will be written in the morning and afternoon respectively on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018 while the English A paper 2 and Paper 1 examinations will be written on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 in the similar fashion.
Both examinations are being treated as national assessments which will be administered as per timetable under strict examination conditions.
Immediately after the assessment, the scripts will be marked at each school by a pool of markers using the mark schemes provided.
There have been several efforts over the past year to assist Guyanese students to perform better in the two subject areas. Although, many students perform well in the other subjects, when it comes to english and math, the overall pass rate is below 50%.