PSE Results are in: SPRCS student tops the island once more

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 19, No. 22            June 11, 2009

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Gabriel Azueta - Top PSE student.

Patricia Acosta - 2nd highest PSE scorer.

Monica Ack - 3rd highest PSE scorer.

The Primary School Examination results are in. In San Pedro, students from eight schools sat the exam. Two of the top three scorers on the island came from the San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS), and one from Maestro Reyes’ School of Knowledge (MRSK). The island’s top students are Gabriel Azueta from SPRCS, Patricia Acosta from MRSK and Monica Ack from SPRCS.

    The top students from each school from first to third respectively are as follows: Gabriel Azueta, Monica Ack and Alisha Cadle from San Pedro Roman Catholic School; Patricia Acosta, Arian Paz and Ajimsy Contreras from Maestro Reyes’ School of Knowledge; Walter Tut, Omaya Nasser and Mariano Guerrero from La Isla Bonita Elementary; Rocio Gonzalez, Luis Pinelo and Javier Williams from New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist; Kristian Zaldivar, Jesus Castillo and Jiffany Rivero from Ambergris Caye Elementary School; Zachary Mattes, Valdemar Vasquez and Elizabeth Westby from The Island Academy; Jonathan Martinez, Gaspar Villamil and Christian Ramos from Holy Cross Anglican and Gilberto Trojillo from St. Peter Elementary.

    The top three students country wide are Demi Bellini from Our Lady of Guadalupe R.C. School in Belmopan City who scored 380 points, Suraye Solis from St. Ignatius RC School in Belize City who scored 378 points and Brigette Ruby from Louisiana Government School in Orange Walk District who 376 points out of a possible 400 points.

    The Primary School Examination (PSE) results nationally, however, have been alarming. A total of 6,858 students (including private candidates, as well as, those who attend alternative schools) registered for the PSE in 2009. 6,661 sat the examination while 196 were absent.

    But why are the results nationally alarming? Well, in English the mean score was in the satisfactory range at 60.35. The median score was 59% with half the number of students’ scores being below and half above that score. In Social Studies, the mean score was 60.69 in the satisfactory range. The median of 62% indicates that half the students were above and half below this score. In Science, the mean score of 60.90 was in the satisfactory band. Half the students scored above 62% and half below as indicated by the median score. In Math, which was the subject that most students did the worse, the mean score of 46.15 was in the inadequate range. Half the number of students was above 43% while the other half were below the median score.

    The top performing students country wide will be recognized at a national award ceremony later this month. Unfortunately unlike last year, none of the island’s student was on the list of 25 top students. The top three performers in each district will also be recognized in brief ceremonies at the district level. The national top performer receives the Jane and Michael Nembhard award which includes a computer and financial assistance to the high school of their choice.
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