CXC reports improved exam results

By Anesta Henry,

There have been slight improvements in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) results this year.

Delivering a report at today’s media briefing to announce the official release of the July 2020 examination results, at CXC Headquarters in the Pine, St Michael, Director of Operations Examination Services Division, CXC, Nicole Manning, said, the performance of candidates in CSEC Mathematics showed a marked improvement when compared to 2019 and a slight improvement when compared to 2018.

“We saw 52 per cent of our candidates attaining acceptable grades of 1 to 3 in 2020 in CESC Mathematics, when compared to 46 percent in 2019 and 49 percent in 2018.

“The percentage of our candidates attaining Grade 1 also improved. With 12 per cent of our candidates attained Grade 1 in 2020 when compared to eight per cent in 2019 and 11 per cent in 2018,” Manning said.

Manning also revealed that in the CSEC English A, the performance of candidates this year also showed a slight improvement when compared to 2019, and a marked improvement when compared to 2018.

She said 82 per cent of candidates attained Grades 1 to 3 in 2020 in English A, when compared to 79 per cent in 2019 and 71 per cent in 2018. She said the percentage of candidates attaining Grade 1 in English A also improved, with 23 per cent attaining Grade 1 in 2020 when compared to 22 per cent in 2019 and 18 per cent in 2018.

Manning also said there were also improvements in the candidates’ performance in Chemistry. Biology, Physics and Integrated Science.

Also giving an example of the CAPE results, Manning said that overall the performance of candidates in 2020 was relatively consistent with previous years with 98 per cent attaining acceptable grades of 1 to 5, when compared to 97 per cent in 2019 and 2018.

Manning said the percentage of candidates attaining Grade 1 in Caribbean Studies improved with 24 per cent attaining Grade 1 in 2020 when compared to 20 per cent in 2019 and 2018.

The Director of Operations said for Communication Studies the performance of candidates was relatively consistent with previous years, with 96 per cent attaining acceptable grades when compared to 96 per cent in 2019 and 97 per cent in 2018.

“For CAPE Pure Mathematics Unit 1 we saw the performance of our candidates showing an increase when compared to previous years. Seventy-two per cent of our candidates attained acceptable grades when compared to 71 per cent in 2019 and 68 percent in 2018.

“The percentage of our candidates attaining Grade 1, we saw an increase here where we had 22 per cent of our candidates attaining Grade 1 in 2020 when compared to 18 per cent in 2019 and of course a similar percentage remaining constant with 22 in 2018,” she said.

Main photo: Nicole Manning

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