The Matsec Board has admitted that 90 students, who were at first informed that they had failed their SEC exam, had in fact passed. The new academic year had already started when Matsec realised the mistake and informed the students that they had passed the exam.
One of the 90 students was a girl who sat for her English Language SEC exam. When the results were published she was told that she got Grade 6. Students who want to join Junior College have to get Grade 1 to 5 in their exams. She had her exam re-sit in September. This time her result was even worse as she got: U – ‘Unclassified’. The student was traumatized and she stopped eating.
But on 7 October 2011, after the Junior College academic year had started, she got a letter from the Matsec Board saying that she had actually passed her exam and she could join Junior College. She had spent a whole summer locked up studying for her re-sit.
After the results were reviewed another 25 students have become eligible to start their course at the Junior College. Others who have been informed that they have passed their exams can now join MCAST courses.