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            [post_content] => The performance of candidates who sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations in January 2015 has continued the upward trend that have been achieved since the last two years. While 49% of the subject entries achieved acceptable grades in 2013, that is Grade I - III, and 50% was achieved in 2014, this year 58% of the subject entries attained acceptable grades.

Of the 13 subjects offered at the January 2015 sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination, 11 of the subjects achieved an improved performance, while the other two underwent a decline.

The largest subject examination this sitting, Mathematics, recorded a substantially improved performance with 65% of the the 9,000 candidates achieving acceptable grades. 32% of the entries achieved Grade III and 16 percent achieved Grade II, while the remaining 15% achieved Grade I.

When compared to last year, the performance for both English A and English B continued to improve. Last year 51% of the entries attained acceptable grades in English A, while this year submitted to a 4% growth to 55%. English B attained a 10% improvement in performance as 71% of the candidates achieved acceptable grades this year, compared with the 61% achieved last year. Over 50% of the entries achieved at the higher grade strips, Grade I and II; 20% achieved Grade I, 30% achieved Grade II and 20% achieved Grade III.

In the business division, Principle of Accounts (POA) and Principle of Business (POB) recorded improved performances when compared with 2014's. On account of POA, 59% of subject entries achieved acceptable grades compared with 53% in 2014, while for POB, 75% achieved similar grades compared with 71% in the previous year. Office Administration which was stands as one of the two subjects with a declined performance rate, had 76% of the entries achieving acceptable grade in 2014, but the percentage dropped to 52% for this year.

Of the four science subjects offered at the January sitting, three recorded an improved performance, while one declined. While a 53% rate of entries achieving acceptable grades was recorded for 2014, Biology received an increase in the rate to 61% for this year; 46%achieved acceptable grades in Chemistry compared with 37% in 2014; and 57% achieved acceptable grades in Physics compared with 49% last year. The performance on Human and Social Biology however continues to decline with 27% of the entries achieving acceptable grades this year compared with the 34% last year.

In Information Technology, there was a 12% improvement in performance of acceptable grades when compared with the performance in 2014 which stood at 50%.

Spanish and Social Studies had a moderate improvement in performance when compared with 2014. Entries achieving acceptable grades for Spanish was recorded to be 71% compared with 67% in 2014. Social Studies achieved a 54% rate of entries attaining acceptable grades for this year while last year the rate was at 47%.

This year, 16,689 candidates wrote the January sitting and they submitted 40,938 subject entries.

Check out the chart displaying the comparison of the subject entries 2014-2015 below.

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CSEC Performance For January 2015 Continues To Trend Upwards

March 6, 2015
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The performance of candidates who sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations in January 2015 has continued the upward trend that have been achieved since...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => Regional airline, LIAT, announced that they are banning with immediate effect, the carriage of e-cigarettes in checked luggage. The air transport operator company urges regional countries to take up a united view on the subject. Citing a recommendation from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the airline said that e-cigarettes are a fire hazard and that they "mainly use lithium cells to heat liquid nicotine into a vapour."

The LIAT recalling past incidents said that these devices will sometimes overheat and catch fire when the heating element becomes activated by accident. They also shared that the FAA highlighted two recent incidents in the United States.

“In the first incident, e-cigarettes packed in a passenger’s checked bag in the cargo hold of a passenger aircraft caused a fire that forced an evacuation of the aircraft. In the second incident, a checked bag that had missed its flight was found to be on fire in a baggage area. Emergency responders attributed the fire to an overheated e-cigarette inside the bag.”

While the banning stands to take immediate effect, the LIAT said that airport security in the different territories across the Caribbean have not yet confirmed a unified stance on the carriage of the device in their carry-on baggage.

“It is therefore recommended passengers should not carry e-cigarettes in their cabin baggage either, so they don’t lose their devices if the airport security decides to remove them. Should airport security across the territories subsequently allow e-cigarettes to be carried on board flights, LIAT would review its current recommendation,” the airline added.
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Carriage Of E-Cigarettes In Luggage Attracts Immediate Ban By LIAT Because Of Fire Hazard

March 5, 2015
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Regional airline, LIAT, announced that they are banning with immediate effect, the carriage of e-cigarettes in checked luggage. The air transport operator company urges regional co...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => On Monday, the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago announced that it sold US$250 million to the banking system, completely counterbalancing a US$154 million foreign exchange gap that was experienced in February.

In a brief statement shared by the organisation, the Central Bank, which has been under the scope by many who have been severely criticising for its new foreign exchange policy, said that demand for foreign exchange from the business community and public totalled to US$592 million in February 2015. The supply of foreign exchange, mainly from energy sector companies on the other hand, amounted to US$438 million, resulting in the overall gap of US$154 million.

“In keeping with its strategic foreign exchange management programme, Central Bank sold US$250 million to the banking system, completely offsetting the gap and providing just over US$95 million in excess supply to be used in early March 2015," the statement proclaimed.

It said that transitions by the energy sector contributed 71 percent of US$310 million to total foreign exchange inflows for February 2015.

“Demand was mainly driven by the Retail and Distribution (US$141 million), Manufacturing (US$38 million), and Automobile (US$19 million) sectors. Net credit card sales amounted to US$19 million," the statement added.

The Central Bank also shared that Trinidad and Tobago's net official reserves currently stand at US$10.7 billion, which represents one year worth of import cover.
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Current Foreign Exchanges Miseries In T&T Addressed By Central Bank

March 4, 2015
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On Monday, the Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago announced that it sold US$250 million to the banking system, completely counterbalancing a US$154 million foreign exchange gap th...Continue reading