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CXC results out; students perform better in CAPE than in CSEC

It has been announced that ninety per cent of students in the region who sat the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) in May and June received a passing grade.
    
However, only 64 per cent of those who sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) got a passing grade.
    
Glenroy Cumberbatch, Registrar of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) presented the regional results in Anguilla Friday morning.
    
Mr. Cumberbatch said results in the sciences have shown a decline for the last three years. He said a committee has been set up to identify the factors impeding students from doing better in science subjects. 
 
The results of the exams will be available online soon.          
 
CAPE    
 
The Ministry of Education, is reporting that there was a marginal decline in performance in some subjects in the May/June sitting of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE).
   
According to the Ministry, while there were improvements in some areas, 19 of the 32 recorded a marginal decline.
   
It says only 95 per cent of the students who sat CAPE Units 1 and 2 in June attained an overall average pass rate of 86.6 per cent. This is down from 88.3 per cent last year.
   
Agricultural Science and Environmental Science recorded the strongest improvement.
   
Mathematics related subjects such as Electrical and Electronic Technology, as well as Pure and Applied Mathematics also improved.
   
Caribbean Studies, History, Management of Business, Physics and Sociology are among the upward movers.
   
The Ministry says CAPE candidates may access their results online by 10:00 p.m. on Friday.
   
CSEC results next week            
 
Meanwhile, Jamaica will have to wait until next week to get details on how candidates performed in the May/June CSEC examinations.
    
Education Minister Ruel Reid, is expected to hold a press conference next Thursday to provide further details on how Jamaican candidates performed in the May/June CXC examinations. Senator Reid, who is off the island, is to return on Wednesday.
 
He will also speak on preparations for the reopening of schools.           
 
Digital offerings 
 
In the meantime, CXC will be expanding its digital offerings. This follows the introduction of electronic marking of some exams.
     
Stephen Savory, Director of Operations at CXC, announced that multiple choice examinations will be administered digitally in 2018.
     
Work will start this year on the new format. Mr. Savory said it will, among other things, benefit students with disabilities.


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