Students pass with grades 1 to 3 in 80% of CSEC subjects
The results are in for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). But the names of the top scorers aren’t being released just yet since the Caribbean Examinations Council allows for a query period, which gives students a chance to inquire about any discrepancies in their grades. There is good news, however, in the preliminary report since students passed with grades one to three in eighty percent of CSEC subjects. CXC Local Registrar, Juan Vargas, gave us more details of the grades today.
Juan Vargas, CXC Local Registrar
“When we look at the figures, we note—especially if we want to look at the subjects that attract more entries, by this I mean English A, English B and Mathematics—we see that for English A, we had a slight decrease in the percentage of students who received grades one to three, which are acceptable grades at the CSEC level. The decrease here was a point four percent decrease. In relation to English B, we note that we have a decrease of six point five percent. Last year, 2010, we had seventy-four point eight and this year we had sixty-eight point three. Mathematics also we have a decrease and normally mathematics, we note that the grades oscillate but it’s a bit above the fifty percent mark and this year we not that we have a decrease of six point six percent. That is from fifty-eight point seven percent to fifty-one point nine percent. If we look at the overall candidate entries, if we compare the entries from last year to this year, we note that we have a four point five percent increase. That is from two thousand, six hundred sixty-three candidate entries to two thousand, seven hundred and eighty-four this year. Subject entries again show an increase of five point eight percent, which last year we had seventeen thousand, eight-sixty-eight and this year we had eighteen thousand nine hundred and seven.”
There were also notable increases in grades for subjects including biology, office administration, agriculture science and economics.
Increase in CAPE averages, but less students sitting exams
In the CAPE exams, there was an overall increase in grades of four point eleven percent when compared to 2010 and the top student will receive the prestigious Belize Scholarship. But according to Vargas, while many of the subject grades are up, there was significant decrease in the number of students sitting the exams this year.
Juan Vargas, CXC Local Registrar
“Here the figures are quite amazing in terms of the entries; subject entries and candidate entries. In terms of the candidate entries, we had a decrease in the number of students who were sitting the examination, a decrease of twenty-four point seven percent. And the subject entries had a decrease of twenty point six percent. At the acceptable level, which is—at the CAPE level—students acceptable grade level is one to five. We note that there are several subjects where we obtained hundred percent acceptable grades of one to five. subjects such as applied mathematics unit one, applied mathematics unit two, computer science unit one, economics unit two, environmental science unit one and history unit two. In English Unit one and two, management of business unit one and two and physics unit one and two so that means that the students who sat this subjects, they obtained grades within the acceptable range of one to five.”
According to Vargas, the decrease in CAPE candidates can be attributed to entry costs as well as the newly introduced subjects.