At the same time however, they have also highlighted a few areas of concern, as these relate to the performance of some schools and the results for English Language.
While presenting the National Report on the performance of students on the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), both offered by the Caribbean Examination Council – CXC, Minister of Education, Nigel Carty said the report helps to give citizens a sense of the accomplishments of the young men and women in the field of academics, and it provides a mechanism for gauging the effectiveness and efficiency of the country’s education system.
Carty said, “The 201-2012 academic year has been a very successful one. At CAPE, we have had slightly improved pass rates in both Nevis and St. Kitts over the past year. It is apparent however that much work needs to be done in a number of subject areas to ensure that our students get the very best chance of achieving success in their studies. At CSEC, we have had an unprecedented number of students performing exceptionally well… Overall student performance has been acceptable. The Ministry takes note of the fact that English Language has registered relatively poor performance this year, 2012, and we envisage, with the improved vigilance from the Ministry, a quick turnaround of this trend.”
The Education Minister explained that although the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) has pointed to declining performance in Mathematics across the Caribbean, here in St. Kitts and Nevis, students have performed in 2012 in line with the trend in recent years. “We point out however that in 5 of our 9 secondary schools, the pass rate in Mathematics stands below the 40% mark. Equally, we can point to schools where the pass rate in this arguably difficult subject matter turned out satisfactory results.”
However, the Minister is already looking ahead to the new academic year which is due to start shortly, stating that “As we close this chapter of the 2011-2012 academic year, we look forward to another with great expectation. We intend to capitalize on our strengths and replicate our successes while working incessantly to conquer our areas weakness and promote even greater success among our students.”
Carty said the country should continue to pray for even greater resolve and commitment on the part of our teachers and education sector managers. “And may we work together as parents, educators and members of the wider society, for the continued improvement of the education system and the overall empowerment of our young people,” said Carty.