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I listened to a press conference held on Tuesday 16th September by the Prime Minister, where my performance as a teacher was questioned.
These are the facts:
I contested the 2005 general elections unsuccessfully. I applied for a job as graduate maths teacher at St. Martins Secondary School in August 2006 and taught CSEC mathematics for one year (Sept 2006- Aug 2007), resulting in a 75 per cent pass rate.
I was transferred to the A level College in Sept 2007 and taught until August 2010, when I was transferred to George Stephen’s Secondary School just three months before the 2010 general elections.
In the 2007-2008 academic year, I taught only CAPE UNIT 1 math and got 73 per cent passes. That year, I got 75 per cent passes for the students that I had prepared for a UWI course (maths for social sciences).
In the 2008 – 2010 period my pass rate for Maths Unit 1 and Maths Unit 2 ranged from 79 per cent to 85 per cent. As a matter of fact, the very year when I was transferred (August 2010), the Community College had just broken the national record in mathematics. The college, for the first time, got 26(TWENTY SIX) GRADE 1 passes in the Cape Unit 1 and Cape Unit 2 mathematics. The students that I prepared got 14 (FOURTEEN) OF THE 26 GRADE 1’s.
Is this poor performance? You be the judge.
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