The Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC) has issued a statement addressing what it said was “the premature release of information” regarding the discontinuation of certain subjects offered by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).

The OEC acknowledged that the untimely release of the information has caused concern among education stakeholders.

However, the commission clarified that a decision to remove the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) subjects from the Jamaican secondary schools’ curriculum has not yet been taken.

As reported in the media, the subjects in question include agricultural science (double award) and mechanical engineering at the CSEC and CAPE levels, as well as electrical and electronic engineering, and technology and green engineering.

Of note, CEO of CXC, Dr Wayne Wesley, in an interview on Nationwide 90FM, had said agricultural science general paper will still be offered to students across the region.

Of the subjects to be suspended, effective September 2025, Wesley said the decision was taken due to decline in subject engagement and low enrollment numbers.