Minister of Education, Nigel Carty, while reporting on the exam results during a recent radio and television broadcast said that he was pleased with the 70% and above pass rate that was achieved across all schools in 27 of the 32 subjects that were written by students here.
Carty also explained that a 90% and above pass rate was attained in 12 other subjects.
The Education Minister said that Kittitian and Nevisian students have produced outstanding results at all levels of the regional exams. He said more students also sat the exams this year.
The Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College saw 550 students registered for the CAPE examinations as opposed to 313 in 2008, 372 in 2009 and 456 in 2010.
There were 1,718 registered subject entries, 1545 returned results with 1283 passes, with an overall pass rate of is 83 percent which is the highest pass rate in the last 3 years.
The Charlestown Secondary School (CSS) fifth form had a total of 138 registered candidates for 557 subject entries, although the candidate entry was slightly lower than 2010, which saw a total of 143 candidates and significantly above the 2008 figure of 107 candidates.
The CAPE pass rate at the CSS for this year stands at 74.1 percent compared with 82.8 percent in 2010 and 86.1 percent in 2009.
Minister Carty stated the increase in students sitting CAPE was “a good development as it shows that an increasing number of our secondary school leavers are taking the opportunity to pursue post-secondary education at our national college, with the obvious aspiration of some day moving on to university.”
He then reiterated the Government’s goal for at least 20 percent of all school-leavers would have earned a university degree within 10 to 15 years time along with increasing the pass rate in mathematics and other subjects such as mechanical engineering technology and electrical and electronic technology.
He also thanked the Federation’s teachers and parents for their continued commitment and dedication in moulding the nation’s youth.
The total number of candidates across all high schools sitting the 2011 May/June CSEC Examinations was 709, down by 4.8 percent from 745 students in 2010 and up 4.7 percent from 677 in 2009.
There were 4,015 subject entries by the nine (9) secondary schools for the examination period 2011. Of these entries, 3,414 returned passing grades for a national pass rate of 81.7 percent, compared to 82.1 percent in 2010 and 79.84 percent in 2009, for an average of 81.2 percent over the last three (3) years.
The Education Minister highlighted the following individuals for having the most outstanding CSEC results at their respective schools.
- Basseterre High School-Julear Hobson – 13 subject passes with 13 distinctions.
- Washington Archibald High School- Aldeen Isaac – 12 subject passes with 12 distinctions.
- Charlestown Secondary School-Ernest Flemming – 11 subject passes with 10 distinctions.
- Charles E. Mills Secondary School-Jelees Dolphin – 10 subject passes with 10 distinctions.
- Gingerland Secondary School-Cleon Williams – 11 subject passes with 7 distinctions.
- Verchilds High School-Lonzo Wilkinson – 12 subject passes with 5 distinctions.
- Cayon High School-Javien Oloughlin – 9 subject passes with 5 distinctions.
- Immaculate Conception Catholic School-Olamide Olujohungbe – 7 subject passes with 7 distinctions.
- Lyn Jeffers Secondary School-Kriston Liburd – 7 subject passes with 3 distinctions.
The Ministry of Education is still awaiting the official ranking from Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) of the three or four top performers over the two years 2010-2011 to determine the State Scholar for 2011.
St. Kitts and Nevis has recorded a successful year in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) testing.