Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid
The Ministry of Education is reporting an improved pass rate for CSEC Mathematics this year.
According to the Ministry, there was a 50.2 per cent pass rate which is an increase of 2.5 percentage points over last year.
However, English Language was at 70.8 per cent - a decrease of 0.4 per cent when compared to 2016.
As it relates to English Literature, there was a 13.2 per cent decline in the pass rate.
Economics recorded the highest gain in the pass rate up 12.6 percentage points over last year.
Speaking at a news briefing Friday afternoon, Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid said 72 per cent of the females who sat the exams were awarded grades one to three, while 60 per cent of the males who sat these examinations obtained grades one to three.
Of the 34 subjects sat, 18 showed improved pass rates over 2016, he highlighted.
Males achieved higher percentage passes than females in three subjects - Biology, 70.8 per cent compared to 69.2 per cent for females; Chemistry, 57.6 per cent compared to 57.4 per cent for females; and Electronic Document Preparation and Management, 90.1 per cent, compared to 88.7 per cent for females.
Senator Reid added that more than 35,000 students were registered but nearly 34,000 sat the exams.
Meanwhile, the results of the 2017 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) are expected to be released to students by midnight.
Senator Reid stated that Jamaica has recorded a 3.2 per cent performance improvement in both Units.
"There are 23 subjects that saw improved performance this year when compared to 2016 for CAPE. While Electrical and Electronic Technology and Integrated Mathematics had increases of 29.6 per cent and 28.8 per cent points respectively over last year, Applied Mathematics and Pure Math had slight declines (of) 7.8 per cent and 1.9 per cent points, respectively, when compared with 2016," the minister outlined.
Candidates were entered for 36 subject areas.
These include four new subject areas: Financial Services Studies, Green Engineering as well as Cinematic Arts and Performing Arts.