“I wish to commend the BHS and the WAHS for achieving examination pass rates of 85.4% and 87.0% respectively. Statistically, on this basis, these two schools are equal in academic output,” said Minister Carty.
He added that this also provides a mechanism for gauging the effectiveness and efficiency of the local education system.
Carty was at the time providing nationals with a sense of the accomplishments of the Federation’s young men and women in the field of academics at the Charlestown Secondary School, the Basseterre High School, the Cayon High School, the Gingerland High School, the Charles E. Mills Secondary School, the Verchild’s High School, the Immaculate Conception Catholic School and the Lyn Jeffers School.
The Washington Archibald High School entered, 112, the highest number of candidates at any one school and the school returned a Grade 1 pass in 25% of all subject entries, which is highly commendable. A 100% pass rate was realized in 10 subject areas and no subject returned a pass rate below 55%.
At the Basseterre High School, 98 students offered themselves in 24 subject areas. A 100% pass rate was realized in 10 subjects and no subject returned a pass rate below 55%. Notably, there was a 63% pass rate in Mathematics. The BHS achieved a Grade 1 pass in 26% of all subject entries.
The Cayon High School entered 101 candidates in 26 subject areas. A 100% pass rate was registered in 9 subject areas which is a noteworthy improvement over the preceding years. However unacceptable performances were being observed in Visual Arts, Geography and Mathematics, all of which achieved pass rates below 35%. The extremely poor performance in Visual Arts at the CHS continues to attract adverse attention from the Ministry of Education.
At the Charlestown Secondary School, there were 109 candidates in 28 subject areas. In all but one subject, namely Mathematics, a pass rate of over 50% was realized, with eight subjects obtaining a 100% pass rate.
The Immaculate Conception Catholic School entered 42 students in 20 subject areas. The school achieved in the 2012 CSEC exams a 100% pass rate in 11 subjects. Except for Principles of Accounts, all subjects registered a pass rate above 55%. Notably, there was a 60% pass rate in Mathematics.
Fifty-seven (57) candidates at the Gingerland High School offered themselves for the 2012 CSEC exams in 27 subject areas. A pass rate of 50% and above was achieved in all subject areas except Mathematics, Electrical & Electronic Technology and English Language. Nine subjects returned 100% passes. The significantly improved performance in History must be lauded whereas the slump in English Language in this year’s exams generates alarm.
At the Charles E Mills Secondary School at Sandy Point, 73 students sat exams in 25 subjects. Excluding Building Technology and Information Technology, there was a greater than 50% pass rate all in subject areas of which 7 attained a pass rate of 100%. A 20% decrease in the pass rate of Mathematics over 2011 must not escape the attention of the management of the CEMSS, although the pass rate remained above 50% in 2012. A pass rate below 20% in Information Technology is disconcerting, said Ministry officials.
There were 73 students taking the CSEC exams in 25 subject areas at the Verchilds High School. Ten subjects returned 100% passes. Except in Mathematics and Chemistry, a pass rate of 50% or more was attained across the board. The Ministry of Education has commended the VHS for the improved performance in Visual Arts but said caution must be given in relation to Mathematics in which there was a 33% pass rate.
At the Lyn Jeffers School in Nevis, 7 students were entered in 11 subject areas. Only two subjects achieved a pass rate of 50% or above. There was a 100% pass rate in one subject matter – Electronic Document Preparation. Between English Language and English Literature there was no better performance than a 15% pass rate.