Musical Master Noel Dexter Has Died

Renowned musical arranger composer and choirmaster Noel Dexter is being remembered as a gentle giant whose legacy will be the impact of his work on thousands of Jamaicans.

The octogenarian who had been ailing for some time passed away yesterday morning at 8:30. Dexter is best known for his arrangement of Psalm 150 – O Praise Ye The Lord as well as penning the local Christmas favorite Sing De Chorus. For many Dexter was synonymous with the University Singers one of Jamaica’s premiere choral groups, for which he served as musical director and conductor for nearly 50 years until his retirement in 2012. Current conductor of the University Singers Franklin Halliburton described Dexter’s passing as a huge blow. Speaking to the News Press Halliburton said, while he was aware of the state of Dexter’s health nothing could prepare him for his passing. “I am really at a loss for words. I knew and understood that he was ailing and he was also at that age, but I was not prepared for this. Noel Dexter was my greatest musical mentor who shared with me and taught me so many things… he was truly a giant.”

Jamaica’s Education Minister Karl Samuda Is Happy With CSEC Results

Karl Samuda said that higher scores were recorded in 23 of the 34 subjects taken. He noted that of the 32,617 students who sat CSEC this year, 89.3 per cent obtained grades one to three. English language and mathematics recorded percentage passes of 82.8 per cent and 54.6 per cent, respectively. The results represent a 7.4 per cent increase in passes for English and 3.2 per cent decrease in passes for mathematics.

Samuda said there were also improvements in the sciences and some mathematical-related subjects, with integrated science having the highest percentage increase of 22.7 per cent. There were also improvements in the average pass rates for chemistry (8.6 per cent); biology (2.6 per cent); physics (3.9 per cent); additional mathematics (3.8 per cent); agricultural science – single award (7 per cent); technical drawing (3.7 per cent); information technology (2.2 per cent); music (10.9 per cent); textile, clothing and fashion (8.7 per cent) and visual arts (11.3 per cent).