Statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, the Hon. Shawn Richards on the May-June 2018 Regional Examinations

Address by the Hon. Shawn Richards, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education on the performance of students in our schools, colleges in the May-June 2018 Regional Examinations set by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) .

Now that the grade review and query period has ended. I will now provide you with a summary of the performance of students in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC).
Because of these quality assurance checks, some of you may benefit from improved grades as CXC reserves the right to correct any grade before the final certificate is issued.

The Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC) CCSLC responds to the changing demands of education, and is designed to certify the knowledge, generic competencies, and attitudes and values that all secondary school leavers should have attained. Students who successfully complete the CCSLC would also achieve:
 A foundation for further education and training;
 Expanded opportunities for entry-level employment;
 Opportunity to articulate with other programmes such as the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Technical Vocational Education & Training (TVET).

In order to obtain this certificate a candidate has to pass five qualifying subjects over five years.Of the eight (8) schools that wrote the examination passing grades were returned as follows in English, Mathematics, Integrated Science, Social Studies, French or Spanish:

– Basseterre High School – 77 candidates; returned 101/102 subject entries for a 99% pass rate.

– Cayon High School – 114 candidates; returned 187/197 subject entries for a 95% pass rate

– Charlestown Secondary School – 34 candidates; returned 96/104 subject entries for a 92% pass rate

– Gingerland Secondary School – 14 candidates; returned 35/35 subject entries for a 100% pass rate

– Charles E Mills Secondary School – 11 candidates; returned 5/7 subject entries for a 71% pass rate

– Verchilds High School – 140 candidates; returned 134/151 subject entries for a 89% pass rate

– Washington Archibald High School – 210 candidates; returned 370/424 subject entries for a 87% pass rate

– Saddlers Secondary School – 54 candidates; returned 73/94 subject entries for a 78% pass rate.

The Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC)

The total number of candidates across all our schools sitting the 2018 May-June CSEC Examinations was 754 compared to 829 in 2017. Exams were written in 31 subjects across all schools in the Federation. There were 4,808 subject entries this year compared to 5,045 in 2017. 4,017 entries returned passing grades for a national average pass rate in schools for 2018 of 83.55% compared to 79.41% in 2017.

The Ministry is quite pleased that Mechanical Engineering Technology currently only being written at the Charlestown Secondary School returned a 100% pass rate. Returns of 90.48% – 98.48% were realized for Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM), Physical Education and Sport, Agricultural Science Single Award, Building and Furniture Technology, Textiles Clothing and Fashion, Theatre Arts, Food, Nutrition and Health, Technical Drawing, Electrical and Electronic Technology, Principles of Business, Office Administration and Information Technology.

The national pass rate for English A in schools is 80.40% compared to 64.94% in 2017. English A returns for private centres were 75 out of 143 for 52%. Mathematics returned 65.40% compared to 56% in 2017 while private centres for this year returned 62 out of 238 for 28%. We are also please that the number of students being allowed to write Mathematics is more closely linked to the number for English A with 500 and 546 respectively.

However, strides are being made for these numbers to be more closely linked to overall number of students registered. English B improved significantly from 52.70% in 2017 to 90.48% in 2018, however, only 63 candidates were registered to write this subject. French and Spanish saw improvements to 78%, however, the number of students writing these subjects is cause for concern. Based on the criteria for the Most Outstanding Student overall, students who do not write a foreign language will not qualify. Integrated Science continues to struggle with 67.51% this year compared to 70.59% in 2017. Social Studies saw a 10 percent improvement over last year with a 78% return. Music returned 66.67% from 6 candidates and except for Biology which continues to return the best results among the natural sciences with 85.45%, there were improvements in Chemistry and Physics over last year with 78% and 63.64% respectively compared to 57.58% and 52.70%.

Visual Arts saw 48.65% returns this year.

Basseterre High School entered 134 students who offered themselves in 27 subject areas. Of the 756 subject entries, 648 or 85.71% returned acceptable grades compared to 78.07% in 2017. 100% pass rates were realized in Agricultural Science Single Award, Chemistry, English B, Food, Nutrition and Health, Building and Furniture Technology, Information Technology, Office Administration, Physical Education & Sport, Principles of Business, Spanish and Textiles, Clothing and Fashion.

Performance declines were seen in Visual Arts which returned 3 out of 12 (3/12) acceptable grades for 25% compared to 55.56% in 2017. No improvement was seen in Geography which returned a 50% pass rate
comparative to 2017. Mathematics returned 45 out of 68 acceptable grades or 66.18% with English A returning 81 out of 102 acceptable grades for a 79.41% pass rate. Improvements were seen in French which returned 83.33% compared to 28.57% last year. All other subjects returned a 70% or more pass rate.

Cayon High School entered 88 candidates in 27 subject areas. Of the 553 subject entries, 460 or 83.18% returned acceptable grades compared to 81.17% in 2017. 100% pass rates were realized in Agricultural Science Single Award, EDPM, English B, Geography, Electrical and Electronic Technology, Information Technology, Office Administration, Physical Education & Sport, Technical Drawing and Spanish. English A returned 41 out of 45 acceptable grades for a 91.11% pass rate with Mathematics returning 34 of 56 for 60.71%. Visual Arts saw little improvement with 25% compared to 20% in 2017. Social Studies improved to 70.97% over last year’s 50% returns. Physics also improved to 60% compared to 16.67% last year. Except for Principles of Accounts at 60%, all other subjects returned a 70% or more pass rate.

At the Charlestown Secondary School, there were 107 candidates in 26 subject areas. Of the 720 subject entries, 573 or 79.58% returned acceptable grades compared to 83.12% in 2017. 100% pass rates were
realized in Biology, Chemistry, Economics, EDPM, Building & Furniture Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology and Technical Drawing. English A returned 70 out of 98 acceptable grades for a 71.43% pass rate comparative to the 69.49% obtained in 2017. Further decline was seen in Mathematics which returned 42 out of 93 acceptable grades for a pass rate of 45.16% compared to 47.12% in 2017. Decline was also seen in French which returned 3 out of 6 acceptable grades compared to 100% in 2017.

English B and Spanish also returned acceptable grades of 50%.

Except for Human and Social Biology with 61.54% returns, all other subjects returned acceptable grades between 70% and 98%.

The Immaculate Conception Catholic School entered 43 students in 19 subject areas. Of the 231 subject entries, 183 or 79.22% acceptable grades were returned compared to 75.31% in 2017. 100% returns were realized in Chemistry, EDPM, Human & Social Biology, Information Technology, Office Administration and Technical Drawing. Principles of Accounts which returned which 100% in 2017 declined to 50% in 2018. Improvement was seen in English B which returned 66.67% compared to 50% in 2017.

The Ministry is pleased that improvements were seen in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Spanish, which returned 68.75%, 100% and 72.73% respectively all of whom returned 50% in 2017 as well as Geography which returned 77.78% compared to 12.50% in 2017. English A and Mathematics returned 76.47% and 68.97%. Except for Caribbean History with 62.50% returns, all other subjects returned 72% to 93%.

The Gingerland Secondary School entered 37 candidates in 27 subject areas. Of the 262 subject entries, 251 or 95.80% returned acceptable grades compared to 89.08% in 2017. 100% pass rates were achieved in Agricultural Science Single Award, Biology, EDPM, Chemistry, Economics, Family and Resource Management, Food, Nutrition and Health, French, Geography, Human & Social Biology, Building and Furniture Technology, Electrical and Electronic Technology, Information Technology, Integrated Science, Principles of Business, Technical Drawing and Textiles, Clothing and Fashion.

The Ministry is pleased with the 100% returns in Economics and Chemistry compared to 40% and 60% in 2017. English A and Mathematics returned 96.88% and 95.65%. Except for Physics with 66.67% returns, all other subjects achieved 79% or more.

At the Charles E Mills Secondary School, 65 students sat exams in 27 subjects. Of the 430 subject entries, 361 or 83.95% returned acceptable grades compared to 83.07% in 2017. 100% returns were received in
Economics, EDPM, Food, Nutrition & Health, French, Geography, English B, Building and Furniture Technology, Information Technology, Office Administration, Principles of Business and Visual Arts.

The Ministry is concerned with the continual decline in Music with 0 out of 2 returns this year and 33% in 2017. However, we are pleased with the 100% returns in English B compared to 42.86% in 2017. Improvements were also seen in Social Studies with 88.89% returns compared to 54.17% in 2017. English A also improved with its 84.78% returns this year compared to 63.64% in 2017. Mathematics however declined to 59.09% compared to 75% in 2017. Except for Integrated Science with 59.46% all other subjects returned 66% to 95%.

There were 66 students who wrote exams in 25 subject areas at the Verchilds High School. Of the 525 subject entries, 462 or 88% returned acceptable grades compared to 68.17% in 2017. 100% returns were
received for Agricultural Science Single Award, Economics, EDPM, English B, Family and Resource Management, Food, Nutrition and Health, Geography, Building and Furniture Technology, Information Technology, Principles of Business, Technical Drawing and Visual Arts.

The Ministry is pleased with the 100% returns for English B and the improvement in Integrated Science to 64.71% compared to 9.52% and 33% respectively. Improvements were also seen in Mathematics – 71.11%,
English A – 71.67%, Social Studies – 90.48%, Geography – 100% and Visual Arts compared to 36.36%, 43.64%, 39.13%, 43.75% and 50% respectively.

Except for Spanish with 62%, all other subjects returned 71% to 96%.

At the Washington Archibald High School 160 candidates were entered in 28 subject areas. The Ministry is pleased with the continued high number of student registration at this institution. Of the 1,010 subject entries, 808 or 80% returned acceptable grades equivalent to its returns in 2017. 100% pass rates were achieved in Agricultural Science Award, EDPM, English B, Food, Nutrition and Health, Building and Furniture Technology, Electrical and Electronic Technology, Information Technology, Physical Education and Sport, Technical Drawing and Theatre Arts.

Performance declines were received for Visual Arts – 50% and Integrated Science – 40% compared to 88.24% and 61.63% in 2017. Although improvements were seen in Chemistry – 45.45% and Physics – 54.55%
compared to 27.27% and 44%, there is still room for further improvement. English A returned 80.70% comparable to the 79.63% in 2017 while Mathematics returned 76.15% an improvement over the 60% the previous year.

All other subjects returned acceptable grades between 66% to 93.55%.

At the Nevis International Secondary School, 10 students were entered in 12 subject areas. Of the 37 subject entries, 31 or 83.78% returned acceptable grades compared to 74.51% last year. 100% pass rates were received for EDPM, Geography, English A, Integrated Science, Music, Principles of Business, Social Studies and Technical Drawing. However, of the two (2) candidates that wrote Caribbean History, English B and Human and Social Biology only 1 student returned acceptable grades for 50%.

Mathematics returned 2 out of 5 acceptable grades or 40%.

At the Saddlers Secondary School, 43 candidates were entered in 25 subject areas. Of the 284 subject entries, 240 or 84.51% returned acceptable grades compared to 70.48% in 2017. 100% pass rates were
realized in Caribbean History, Family and Resource Management, Food, Nutrition and Health, Chemistry, Physics, Technical Drawing Textiles, Clothing and Human and Social Biology.

The Ministry is pleased with the improvements in Mathematics – 75% and English A – 88.46% compared to 55.17% and 31.43% in 2017. Biology which returned 25% in 2017 returned 75% this year. English B returned 1 out of 2 acceptable grades compared to 25% in 2017 while Chemistry which returned 33.33% in 2017 obtained 1 out of 1 acceptable grades. All other
subjects returned 60% to 91% pass rates.

Beginning this year, the Chamber of Industry and Commerce Academic Excellence Recognition Award recipients in schools will be acknowledged during this report.

The Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE)
The total number of candidates in our colleges sitting the 2018 May-June June CAPE Examinations was 455, compared to 493 in 2017. Exams were written in 56 units across St. Kitts and Nevis. There were 1,733 subject entries this year compared to 1,969 in 2017, with 1,526 entries returning acceptable grades for a national average pass rate at CAPE for 2018 of 88.05% compared to 87.15% in 2017.

The Ministry is quite pleased with Agricultural Science Unit 2, Applied Mathematics, Art and Design, Building and Mechanical Engineering Drawing (BMED) Unit 1, Caribbean Studies, Digital Media Unit 2, Entrepreneurship Unit 2, French, Spanish, Geography, Green Engineering and Physical Education and Sport written for the first time in the Federation at the Nevis Sixth Form College, Literatures in English Unit 1, Performing Arts, Information Technology Unit 2 and Tourism Unit 2 which realized 100% returns. Except for BMED Unit 2 with 1 out of 2 returns, all other subjects returned 62% to 98%.

Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College

The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College entered 327 candidates in 47 units. Of the 1,168 subject entries, 1,026 or 87.84% returned acceptable grades compared to 88.59% in 2017 of which 13.15% were ones and twos.

100% returns were realized for : Applied Mathematics Unit 1, Art and Design Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies, Digital Media Unit 2, Entrepreneurship Unit 2, Environmental Science Unit 2, French Units 1 and 2, Geography Units 1 and 2, Information Technology Unit 2, Literatures I English Unit 1, Performing Arts Units 1, Performing Arts Unit 2 – Dance option, Sociology Unit 2, Spanish Units 1 and 2 and Tourism Unit 1. Improvements were seen in Biology Unit 1 – 66.67%, Physics Unit 1 – 70% and Computer Science Unit 1 – 77.78% compared to 0%, 44% and 37.50% in 2017.

Except for Accounting Unit 1 with 60%, all other subjects returned 66% to 98.39%.

Nevis Sixth Form College

The Nevis Sixth Form College entered 128 candidates in 48 units. Of the 565 subject entries, 500 or 88.50% returned acceptable grades compared to 83.60% in 2017 of which 27% were ones and twos.100% returns were realized for Agricultural Science Unit 2, Applied Mathematics Units 1 and 2, Art and Design Units 1 and 2, Biology Units 1 and 2, BMED Unit 1, Caribbean Studies, Chemistry Unit 1 and 2, Digital
Media Unit 1, Entrepreneurship Units 1 and 2, Environmental Science Unit 2, French Units 1 and 2, Geography Unit 1, Green Engineering Units 1 and 2, History Unit 1, Information Technology Unit 2, Literatures in English Units 1 and 2, Physical Education and Sport Units 1 and 2, Physics Units 1 and 2, Pure Mathematics Unit 2, Spanish Units 1 and 2 and Tourism Unit 2.

Computer Science remains a concern with an average return of 50%. Economics Unit 1 improved slightly from 50% in 2017 to 59.26% this year. Pure Mathematics Unit 2 had significant improvement this year to 100% compared to 41.67% in 2017. All other subjects returned 66.67% to 90.67%.

2018 REGIONAL & NATIONAL AWARDEES

CCSLC
The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has informed the Ministry of Education that MS. DARIA JAMES, a student of the Washington Archibald High School, is the 2018 regional top awardee for the Most Outstanding Female Candidate in the region for CCSLC now in its third year. You would recall in 2017 that Kadeema Blanchette of the Basseterre High School received this award whilst we were host to this event. Daria will join the regional top awardees in St. Vincent and the Grenadines during the week of December 2, 2018. In recognition of this achievement, CXC will present Ms. James with an award at the 50th meeting of the Opening of Council and Regional Top Awards Ceremony to be held at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College on Thursday December 6, 2018.

Daria achieved mastery in CCSLC English and Mathematics, and grade 1 in CSEC Information Technology, Principles of Business and EDPM. This also qualifies her for the same award at the national level.

MR. NI’QUONE NICHOLLS, a student of Basseterre High School, is the 2018 recipient for the Most Outstanding Male Candidate for CCSLC in the Federation.
Ni’quone achieved mastery in CCSLC English and Mathematics, grade 1 in CSEC Physical Education and Sport; and grade 2 in Principles of Accounts and Technical Drawing.

The Ministry of Education would like to congratulate Ms. Daria James and Mr. Ni’quone Nicholls on their achievement.

CSEC

The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has informed the Ministry of Education that MS. DARIA JAMES, a student of the Washington Archibald High School, has produced the Most Outstanding Performance Overall in the May-June 2018 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations for St. Kitts & Nevis. DARIA offered ten (10) subjects and her achievements are as follows: ten (10) Grade I passes in Caribbean History, Chemistry, English A, Information Technology, Mathematics, Office Administration, Principles of Accounts,
Social Studies, Spanish and Human and Social Biology.

MR. TAIRIQUE DAVIS of the Basseterre High School offered ten (10) subjects and attained ten (10) Grade I passes in Biology, Caribbean History, English A, French, Geography, Information Technology, Mathematics,
Physics, Physical Education and Sport and Human and Social Biology and as a result is the First Runner-up for the Most Outstanding CSEC Performance Overall in the Federation.

MS. TECOYA WARNER of the Charles E Mills Secondary School, offered eleven (11) subjects and earned nine (9) Grade I passes in: Biology, Caribbean History, English A, English B, French, Mathematics, Spanish,
Physical Education and Sport and Human and Social Biology ; and two (2) Grade II passes in Physics and Chemistry and as a result is the Second Runner-up for the Most Outstanding CSEC Performance Overall in St. Kitts & Nevis.

The Ministry of Education would like to congratulate Ms. Daria James, Mr. Tairique Davis and Ms. Tecoya Warner, their parents and respective schools on their extraordinary achievements and to encourage them to continue striving for excellence as they pursue further studies.

CAPE

The Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) has provided the Scholarship Rank Order Listing for St. Kitts and Nevis. The listing is based on candidates’ performance on the 2017 and 2018 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). Candidates are ranked by the highest number of Grade 1 passes obtained in seven qualifying units and then other criteria in the event of a tie.

KHALE THOMAS of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College is therefore the 2018 State Scholar. Khale offered eleven (11) subjects and obtained eight (8) Grade I passes in Biology Units 1 and 2, Caribbean Studies,
Communication Studies, Environmental Science Units 1 and 2 and Geography Units 1 and 2; three (3) Grade II passes in Chemistry Units 1 and 2 and Integrated Mathematics. Khale also achieves the Most
Outstanding Performance in Environmental Science.

ROL-J WILLIAMS offered nineteen (19) subjects and obtained eight (8) Grade I passes in Biology Unit 1, Caribbean Studies, Chemistry Unit 1, Communication Studies, Entrepreneurship Units 1 and 2, Environmental
Science Unit 1 and Integrated Mathematics; ten (10) Grade II passes in Applied Mathematics Unit 1 and 2, Chemistry Unit 2, Green Engineering Units 1 and 2, Physics Unit 1 and 2, Pure Mathematics Units 1 and 2 and Tourism Unit 1; and one (1) Grade III pass in Biology Unit 2. Hence, Rol-J Williams of the Nevis Sixth Form College is the 2018 First Runner-up State Scholar.

RONICIA LIBURD offered ten (10) subjects and obtained seven (7) Grade I passes in Accounting Unit 1, Caribbean Studies, Information Technology Unit 2, Integrated Mathematics, Management of Business Units 1 and 2 and Spanish Unit 2; two (2) Grade II passes in Accounting Unit 2 and Communication Studies; and one (1) Grade III pass in Spanish Unit 1.

Therefore, Ronicia Liburd of the Nevis Sixth Form College is the 2017 Second Runner-up State Scholar.

The Ministry of Education extends congratulations to Mr. Khale Thomas, Mr. Rol-J Williams and Ms. Ronicia Liburd on their achievement and best wishes as they pursue further studies.
I wish to also congratulate the students and lecturers at the Nevis Sixth Form College and the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, Division of Arts, Sciences and General Studies for their diligence in most instances that has contributed to another year of sterling performance by our students. I commend the parents for their support.