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Two per cent decline in CSEC pass rate

A two per cent decline in the pass rate for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations has been recorded this year.

A recently published statement on the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) website stated that 66 per cent of subject entries entered for the May/June 2016 examinations across the region achieved Grades I-III, two percentage points below that of 2015 when 68 per cent of entries achieved similar grades.

“Performance improved on 14 subjects, declined on 17 subjects and remained constant on four subjects. Among the subjects which performed at 90 per cent or better this year are Physical Education and Sport with 98 per cent of entries achieving acceptable grades; Theatre Arts with 95 per cent, Agricultural Science (Double Award) with 92 per cent, Electronic Document Preparation and Management with 91 per cent and Principles of Business 90 per cent,” the release stated.

There were mixed results in Mathematics and English, with an improvement in English A from 60 per cent last year to 67 per cent this year; and a 15 per cent drop in the pass rate for English B – down to 62 per cent this year from 77 in 2015.

There was a 13-point decline in performance in Mathematics, with 44 per cent of entries achieving acceptable grades this year, while Additional Mathematics fell by five per cent to 67 per cent in 2016.

Students performed better in the science subjects, led by Biology which recorded a 14 per cent jump to 80 per cent of entries achieving Grades 1 to 3 and Human and Social Biology which enjoyed an eight point rise to 53 per cent.

There was marginal improvement in Physics and “very good performance this year” in Agricultural Science Single Award. However, there was a three per cent decline in students’ performance in Chemistry and a seven point fall in Integrated Science.

There were slight movements up and down in other subjects, while nothing changed in the performance of those who sat the Principles of Accounts examination.

The number of subject entries for the May/June 2016 sitting increased to 585,223, up from 578,035 entries in 2015, however, the number of candidates declined marginally, from 132,824 in 2015 to 132,674 this year.

Mathematics continued to be largest CSEC subject with 92,529 subject entries submitted this year. It was followed closely by English A with 89,865 entries; Social Studies with 46,867 entries; Principles of Business with 33,284 entries and Human and Social Biology with 29,308 entries.  

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