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#437371 - 05/08/12 01:45 PM Primary School Students confident about P.S.E.
Marty Online   happy

Primary School Students confident about P.S.E.

Christian Fabro

A record number of students, seven thousand one hundred and seventy-six, have signed up for the 2012 Primary School Examination. Thirty-six high schools are being used to host students from two hundred and seventy-four primary schools across the country. Today was the second and final day for the standard six students who sat the exam. We caught up with some of them as they exited the classrooms and asked them how they felt about their performance and the exam.

Christian Fabro, Student

“Math Problem Solving, Math Multiple Choice and Social Studies. The Math Problem solving was a bit challenging, the Social Studies was easy and the Math as well.”

Jose Sanchez

“So you felt you did ok?”

Christian Fabro

“Yes.”

Jose Sanchez

“Compared with the first day, how do you think your results will be? Do you have a high school you intend to go?

Christian Fabro

“Johns.”

Duane Rodriguez

Duane Rodriguez, Student

“The exam was well durable especially the Math and Social Studies because Social Studies is my weakest subject, but I guess I aced it.”

Jose Sanchez

“So you had no difficulty with today portion of the exam?”

Duane Rodriguez

“With this portion, no not really.”

Jose Sanchez

“Your teachers prepared well; you take extra classes?”

Duane Rodriguez

“Yes sir.”

Jose Sanchez

“So with high school you plan to go?”

Duane Rodriguez

“SJC or Edward.”

Nour Safa

Nour Safa, Student

“Everything was good, not really hard—it was ok.”

Jose Sanchez

“If you do well, what high school do you plan to go?”

Nour Safa

“BHS—Belize high School.”

Jose Sanchez

What about you? What about what part of the exam you found difficult if any?”

Muskaan Nandwani, Student

Muskaan Nandwani

“It wasn’t difficult, it was just like some parts were a little hard. But I just can’t remember.”

Jose Sanchez

“So it wasn’t easy, it wasn’t difficult, but it was doable?”

Muskaan Nandwani

“It was easy, but some parts, some questions were a little difficult, but then we got them throughout I think.”

Jose Sanchez

“Did you take extra classes or anything?”

Muskaan Nandwani

“Yes I took extra classes with our teacher—he does it after school until five.”

Jose Sanchez

“Was it difficult? Was it hard?”

Prem Balani

Prem Balani, Student

“Well it was easy.”

Jose Sanchez

“So you are the smart one in the class?”

Prem Balani

“Maybe.”

Jose Sanchez

“So what different things did you; was there any part difficult for you?”

Prem Balani

“Yes some.”

Jose Sanchez

“Give me a typical example of what type of question you faced?”

Prem Balani

“Well like about George Price.”

Jose Sanchez

“And you were able to answer those well?”

Prem Balani

“Yes, I just made an educational guess.”

Jose Sanchez

“Tell me how you felt going into the exam today and what you did?”

William Mayen

William Mayen, Student

“Kinda nervous, yes sir.”

Jose Sanchez

“Did you manage to check over your work?”

William Mayen

“Yes sir.”

Jose Sanchez

“Any difficulty?”

William Mayen

“No sir.”

Jose Sanchez

“So it was all easy?”

William Mayen

“Yes sir.”

Jose Sanchez

“So you think you did well?”

William Mayen

“I don’t know sir.”

Jose Sanchez

“Any particular questions gave you any little bit of trouble, any topics?”

William Mayen

“Yeah only for Math Problem Solving.”

Jose Sanchez

“Overall you felt you did ok?”

William Mayen

“Yes sir.”

Jason Phillips

Jason Phillips, Student

“It was hard at the beginning, but after I calmed down and it was pretty easy.”

Jose Sanchez

“Any particular area that you found easy or difficult?”

Jason Phillips

“Difficult part was Math Paper II with the Problem Solving, but then the easier part was the Social Studies.”

Jose Sanchez

“What was easy about the Social Studies?”

Jason Phillips

“They were basic things you would usually know like common-sense question like who helped fight for our independence. I put George Price. Those type of questions; that wasn’t really hard.”

Jose Sanchez

“Which high school you planning to attend?”

Jason Phillips

“SJC.”

Tavis Wagner

Tavis Wagner, Student

“The Math PSE Paper II question B because it was mixed numbers—fractions are kinda hard.”

Jose Sanchez

“And the Social Studies was probably easier for you?”

Tavis Wagner

“Yeah it was easier.”

Jose Sanchez

“Any particular part you found the easiest in the Social Studies?”

Tavis Wagner

“Umm there were some questions with timelines. It asked you like in what year the British first came to Belize. It was easy.”

Jose Sanchez

“Tell me how the exam went.”

Ian Gillett

Ian Gillett, Student

“Good.”

Jose Sanchez

“Any part you found difficult?”

Ian Gillett

“Problem solving.”

Jose Sanchez

“And with part was easy for you?”

Ian Gillett

“Social Studies.”

Jose Sanchez

“What in the Social Studies you found easier?”

Ian Gillett

“Everything.”

Jose Sanchez

“Like what for example?”

Ian Gillett

“Some ah dem mi hard, some ah dem mi easy.”

Jose Sanchez

“Other than that you feel okay about the exam?”

Ian Gillett

“I think I wah pass. I want go dah wah good high school.”

Jose Sanchez

“Which high school do you want to go to?”

Ian Gillett

“Wesley.”

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#437386 - 05/08/12 02:09 PM Re: Primary School Students confident about P.S.E. [Re: Marty]
Marty Online   happy

PSE Day Two: Mixed Feelings About The Wrath Of The Math

Today marked the second round of this year's PSE examinations, so 7000 plus students are sighing with relief after completing what, statistically, has proven to be one of the most challenging subject areas. That subject is Mathematics, and the students expressed mixed feelings about the way the examination went.

Many found the math problem solving portion to be very difficult, but others said they breezed through it. We caught up with them after the exam, and they told us where they stumbled and how they prepared for the difficulties.

Robin Schaffer
"What exams did you have today?"

Student - St. Martin De Porres
"Social Studies and Math."

Robin Schaffer
"Alright, and were they hard?

Student - St. Martin De Porres
"Not really, it was just challenging. You just needed to put the effort and believe in yourself."

Robin Schaffer
"Did you prepare a lot for it beforehand?"

Student - Saint Martin De Porres
"No."

Robin Schaffer
"Which one was harder for you, Social Studies or Math?"

Student - Saint Martin De Porres
"Math, I just need to keep on studying, and do my best."

Robin Schaffer
"Do you think you did well?"

Student - Saint Martin De Porres
"Yes. I think so."

Robin Schaffer
"Did you find that the math may have been harder? I know that math usually has the lowest grades overall. Did you find that math was really challenging this year?"

Indira Mayorga - St. Joseph School
"Not really, it was challenging, yes, but it was good."

Robin Schaffer
"And do you think you did well?"

Indira Mayorga
"Yes."

Robin Schaffer
"Which exam was harder for you today?"

Jeremy Nunez - St. Joseph School
"The mathematics paper 2."

Robin Schaffer
"And how do you feel about it? Do you think you did well?"

Jeremy Nunez
"I think that I did okay."

Jocelyn Mejia - St. Joseph
"I think that I could have managed all of them, the social and the math."

Robin Schaffer
"So was the math harder?"

Jocelyn Mejia
"No, it was about the same. It was as easy as the social."

Robin Schaffer
"And do you think you were well prepared?"

Jocelyn Mejia
"Yes."

Robin Schaffer
"Overall, do you feel good about?"

Jocelyn Mejia
"I feel good about it."

Odilber Meza - St. Joseph
"The math was a bit challenging."

Robin Schaffer
"But did you feel that you were well prepared for that?"

Odilber Meza
"Yes, because our teachers at school were teaching us everything on that PSE."

Robin Schaffer
"So overall, how do you think you did?"

Odiliber Meza
"I think that I did well on the social studies."

Robin Schaffer
"Out of the 2, which one was harder?"

Jason Phillips - New Horizon Academy
"The math."

Robin Schaffer
"How did you prepare for that?"

Jason Phillips
"I calmed myself down, and afterwards, I started remembering the stuff they taught me."

Robin Schaffer
"So you went into that exam very well prepared, studying hard?"

Jason Phillips
"Yes Miss, I did."

Robin Schaffer
"So do you think that you did well?"

Jason Phillips
"Yes, I hope so."

Robin Schaffer
"How was the exam for you?"

Brandon Bennett - New Horizon Academy
"It was kinda hard in the beginning, but once I understood the questions, it was pretty easy."

Robin Schaffer
"And did you study a lot beforehand? Did you feel like you were well-prepared?"

Brandon Bennett
"Sometimes I studied from 11 o'clock lunch until 11 o'clock in the night."

Robin Schaffer
"Do you think it paid off? Do you think you did well?"

Brandon Bennett
"Yes Ma'am."

Robin Schaffer
"Of the 2 exams, which one was the hardest?"

Brandon Bennett
"It was the problem solving paper 2."

Jenna Alpuche - Holy Redeemer Primary School
"It was doable. I guess with PSE, you have to do a lot of preparation, but once you are prepared, it's really just focusing long enough to answer the questions. It makes you a bit nervous because you are preparing the whole year for this. It feels good when it's over."

Robin Schaffer
"Did you go into it prepared?"

Jenna Alpuche
"Yes, I prepared a lot. I was nervous but they told me to go in with confidence, and I did."

Robin Schaffer
"And the math, did you find that challenging at all?"

Jenna Alpuche
"Not really, it was pretty straight-forward. Like I said, it just that your focus long enough to sit down, breathe, and answer it."

Robing Schaffer
"Which one was hardest for you? I know that you did the math problem solving today, and a lot of people have been saying that it's difficult. Did you find it challenging?"

Dwayne Rodriguez - Holy Redeemer Primary School
"No, to me, the math was very easy. The social studies was the problem."

Robin Schaffer
"How did you prepare for that? How did you go into it?"

Dwayne Rodriguez
"My teachers and my mom drilled me on different things every evening after school, in the morning, and every time they had a chance."

Robin Schaffer
"So, do you think you did well looking back on it?"

Dwayne Rodriguez
"Yes, I am pretty sure."

Robin Schaffer
"How was the exam today?"

Christian Fabro - Holy Redeemer Primary School
"A bit challenging, the math problem solving. The rest was pretty straight-forward and easy."

Robin Schaffer
"So, how did you prepare for the math going in?"

Christian Fabro
"By studying and doing past PSE questions with my teachers and my father."

Robin Schaffer
"So, do you feel like you were well prepared?"

Christian Fabro
"Yes."

Robin Schaffer
"But were you nervous when you went in?"

Christian Fabro
"Not really, I got used to the one before, so I got used to the feeling."

Robin Schaffer
So, how was the exam for you?"

Jared Cain - Ebenezer Methodist Primary School
"Well, it was easy for me."

Robin Schaffer
"Which one do you find challenging? Which one was harder?"

Jared Cain
"To me, the social studies was a bit more challenging than the math. I was always studying. My mom was always pushing me along with my teachers."

Robin Schaffer
"Looking back on it, how do you think you did?"

Jared Cain
"Well, I think that I did pretty well."

Robin Schaffer
"Which one do you think that you did better on?"

Jalel Good- Ebenezer Methodist School
"I guess the math multiple choice."

Robin Schaffer
"How was the problem solving for you?"

Jalel Good
"It was kinda hard and challenging."

Robin Schaffer
"How did you deal with it? Did you prepare a lot? Did you study?"

Jalel Good
"Yes ma'am."

The examinations are over, and the students are now waiting for the results.

Channel 7


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