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Bar needs lifting again – PM


Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves says he is of the opinion that the minimum five CXC CSEC passes required to receive the $500 from the National Insurance Services (NIS) should be reviewed.{{more}}

Speaking at a press conference Monday, the prime minister said that when the initiative was first introduced, it was open to any five CSEC passes.

The bar was subsequently lifted and students were then required to have passes in English and Mathematics among the five.

But he said that it was time that the bar be lifted again.

“I think we must lift the standards a little more now to say that you must have a minimum of three II’s or maybe four II’s…we might accommodate a III,” Gonsalves said.

“But if you get five III’s, I don’t think you should get $500,” he continued.

In other words, the prime minister explained, the standards have been lifted bit by bit.

According to the statistics provided last month by the Ministry of Education, of the 1,658 CXC CSEC candidates in the June 2012 examination, 299 were successful in five or more subjects, inclusive of Mathematics and English. (DD)