Forty students obtain grade one six or more subjects in 2015 CSEC Exams

Officials released the results on Monday
Officials released the results on Monday

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.

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  1. ANGIE
    August 18, 2015

    Those Castle Bruce Secondary School Teachers can get blood out of stone. I prove it this year. Lord Jesus bless them. I don’t know how all you did it. Five years ago 1 scholarship, 1 bursary in the area. And you all work that group to get 80% plus pass. That was magic.As a parent I know it was hard, alas boy, breakfast &snack Program, free food, extra lessons, taking students on week ends. Thank you. Some of us parents can’t help our children but you all make it happen for us. They will go far with their two’s. Almost all the students pass four or more. Thank you, Miss Alfred, Miss Bannis, Sir francis and sir Edwards. All of you male and female. You gave it all you had and we got more than we expected. Parents support your school because those teachers are working and that principal is a motto behind us. Give what you have because you ill not regret parents. SUPPORT CBSS. Miss Fountain the Counselor thank you and accept my sympathy. THANK YOU TEACHERS,SECRETARY, PRINCIPAL AND ALL

    August 18, 2015

    Congratulations to the students..yeah but hats off to the teachers. Well I suppose the Ministry of Education is beginning to get it right. The government schools that are consistently improving have dynamic principals. You see PCSS going down and ITSS going up. Yes sometimes it is the principals that make it happen. You see CBSS only up for the last four years. Don’t take me , check the statistic. Congratulations to all. And Ministry of Education “LISTEN TO YOUR PRINCIPALS, they are the ones on the ground”. Some schools had no students registered in certain subjects, not because they did not want to do it, but they had no teachers with the content. LISTEN TO THE PRINCIPALS, TRUST THEM ENOUGH TO KNOW WHAT IS BEST AND GIVE THEM TEACHERS, CHAIRS AND TABLES. I know a principal who does not have a computer in the office. My God in that age at a secondary school. come on men. Help them so they can improve the results.

  3. Anthony P. Ismael
    August 18, 2015

    We should once again congratulate ourselves for creating another class of technically sound learners, who will find zero jobs and who will be unable to function in today’s demanding work environment, except for the few who will obtain scholarships based on their party affiliation. Students should be designing and completing portfolios as part of their examinations. The days of rote learning are long gone. English students should write their own short stories, plays, poems and policies as part of their English exam. This is where you actually prepare students to participate in the real workforce, instead of showing off their hardware. These exams and the scores obtained are nothing more than an academic trophy stocking-exercise.

  4. sherock holmes.
    August 18, 2015

    the sixth paragraph.. it is not small amount of students… rather it is small number of students…
    congratulations to all the students that did their best..

  5. Me
    August 18, 2015

    DNO is it that only forty students received six subjects or only forty students received Grade 1 passes in six or more subjects? Please fix the title of the story. Thanks

    • No Nonsense
      August 18, 2015

      40 received six grade ones or higher

  6. Hope
    August 18, 2015

    Thanks for the report, however, i urge that you revisit the headlines since it makes Dominica results seem poor in comparison to other islands.

    Forty students obtainED GRADE ONE IN six or more subjects in 2015 CSEC Exams.

    This is what i believe the article is highlighting.


  7. bimb
    August 18, 2015

    In Guyana they are able to get 19 & 20 ones. I dont know how that is possible but they get them

    • ME
      August 18, 2015

      And your point is?

      • bimb
        August 18, 2015

        My point is that in Guyana they are able to get 19 & 20 ones and that i don\’t know how they get them, but they do. Should i write my point again for further clarification? maybe large caps might just help you.
        IN GUYANA, THEY ARE ABLE TO GET 19 & 20 ONES, I DONT KNOW HOW THEY GET THEM, BUT THEY DO. Now take your attitude elsewhere.

  8. Original Peaceful #1
    August 18, 2015

    dno, who are the top students

    • proud Dominican
      August 18, 2015

      Kaihil Charles from DGS received 10 ones and 1 three
      He received ones in maths, english, POB, POA, literature, agriculture,
      Music and he received the 3 in visual arts. I am not sure for the rest of the students who received tops grades

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