Forty students were able to obtain ones in six or more subject areas at this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations.
That information was revealed by Acting Chief Education Officer, Melena Fontaine during a press conference of the official release of this year’s CSEC Examination results, held at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium conference room on Monday.
According to Fontaine, this year’s analysis of the CSEC results indicates an upward trend in almost all subject areas.
“We saw increases in the overall percentage pass in Language and Mathematics, the two critical subject areas,” she explained. “We saw increases in percentage pass in more subject areas. There were increases in 16 subjects in 2015 as compared to 10 in 2014…”
She highlighted schools such as the Convent High School, St Mary’s Academy and Seven Day Adventist Secondary School continue to maintain their high overall averages.
A newcomer, the St John’s Academy, performed remarkably despite fielding a small amount of students in the exams
“Five in all, they were able to obtain a 100 percent pass in all their subjects, except one ending with a 98 percent pass rate.” Fontaine noted.
She also commended the other schools who have worked hard and succeeded in increasing their percentage pass this year.
These schools she stated include; “The Dominica Grammar School, the Castle Bruce Secondary School, North East Comprehensive School, Portsmouth Secondary School, Wesley High School and Isaiah Thomas Secondary School.”
She urged principles, staff and parents to maintain and continue with the hard work that is necessary to excel.
Meantime Acting Senior Education Officer for Curriculum and measurement, Robert Guiste,, who presented a breakdown of the CSEC Exams results said sixteen secondary school submitted students for the CSEC Exams this year.
“We had 793 students came from our schools and we had 575 private candidates writing the exams. In all a total of 1,368 wrote the examinations in 81 subject areas,” he stated. “This was a slight decrease from the previous years, but this is no surprise as there is also a decline in the school population.”
He said there was a slight increase in the overall percentage pass.
“From 2011 where we had 74.6 percent of our students obtaining grades one, two and three …. we saw a decline about of about severn percent in 2012 and this number has been increasing and we are now at 77.3 percent of our students obtaining grades one, two and three in the CSEC Examinations,” he noted.
He pointed out that in terms of English, “we will observe that we stand at 70.9 percent pass rate.”
“In 2012 we had a very low percentage pass with only 55 percent of our students obtaining those grades and in 2015 we now stand at 70.1 percent,” he said.
According to him, this represents an increase of about 15.6 percent.
Between 2014 and 2015 there was an eight percent increase in Mathematics performance, Guiste noted.
In terms of the subject performance, he noted that there were 100 percent passes in Theatre Arts and Physical Education.
“We had 90 to 99 percent pass rate in eight subjects,” he said. “These eight subjects include agricultural science, clothing and textile, food and nutrition, home management, information technology, music, principles of business and electronic data processing.”
Minister of Education, Petter Saint Jean indicated that the Ministry of Education continue to record an overall improved performance at the CSEC Exams.
“It means that our students are indeed diligent and committed to acquiring a sound education within a system that provides them with the knowledge and skills to master the various subjects areas,” Saint Jean remarked.
In fact he stated that the Ministry of Education continues to record improvements in the development of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a number of students register for examinations in various subject areas.
“The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) has advised that beginning 2016-2017 a CVQ component will be introduced in various subject areas; such as electricity, home economics, home management and mechanical drawing,” Saint Jean revealed.
He congratulated all students who have excelled in this year’s examinations.