Education Ministry scraps ‘No Child Left Behind Policy’

Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand

The Ministry of Education today announced that it has revoked the ‘No Child Left Behind’ policy, also known as the Automatic Promotion Policy (APP), since it has been rejected by parents and students, and there has been poor response to remedial classes.

At a press conference this morning, Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand said students who perform poorly in Mathematics and English would not be promoted to the next class. The APP system is only in secondary schools.

According to Manickchand, students would be required to achieve close to the overall pass-mark set by the school with at least five CXC subjects with Grades 1 to 3.

The Education Minister explained that the decision to revise the Automatic Promotion Policy (APP) followed countrywide consultations at 30 meetings that were held as part of the planned review after two years.

“Reports from the consultations revealed that the policy is not popular with any of the critical stakeholders. Parents, teachers and even students themselves believe that the promotion from one grade to another should not be automatic,” Manickchand said.