A student each from the Girls High School (GHS) and the Mountain View Adventist Academy (MVAA) passed 16 subjects while a St. Vincent Grammar School (SVGS) pupil aced 15 subjects in this year’s Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination.
According to preliminary results released by the Ministry of Education on Tuesday, Sariah Jackson of GHS sat and passed 16 subjects, obtaining 14 grade ones, one grade two and one grade 3.
MVAA student Kyle Da Silva’s 16 passes were made up of 15 grade ones and one grade two while Delaan Nedd of the SVGS passed all his 15 subjects at grade 1.
The GHS was St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ top performer in the regional secondary school exit examination, with a pass rate of 97.42 per cent, almost 7 percentage points higher than the second placed school.
The nation’s other all-girls school, St. Joseph’s Convent (Kingstown), returned a pass rate of 90.82 per cent to outdo the SVGS, which had a pass rate of 88.69 per cent.
In fourth place was Thomas Sanders Secondary School, with a pass rate of 84.89 per cent.
MVAA’s students returned a pass rate of 84.67 per cent, while, St. Joseph’s Convent Marriaqua, registered 84.57 per cent, almost 4 percentage points more than St. Martin’s Secondary’s 80.82 per cent.
In addition to these seven schools which recorded percentage pass rates of 80 per cent or more, 13 schools, obtained what the ministry described as “creditable pass rates” of between 60 and 80 per cent.
They are: Bishops’ College Kingstown (76.72), Bequia Community High (76.47), Bequia Seventh-day Adventist (74.71), Dr. J.P. Eustace Memorial Secondary (74.09), St. Clair Dacon Secondary School (72.02), Adelphi Secondary (71.19), Union Island Secondary School (67.91), Emmanuel High Mesopotamia (66.88), Troumaca Secondary (66.09), Georgetown Secondary (64.91). West St. George Secondary (64.68), Sandy bay Secondary School (62.98), and North Union Secondary (61.20).
Bequia Community High and Dr. J.P. Eustace Memorial Secondary showed vast year-on-year improvement in their results.
BCHS’s pass rate increased 25.21 per cent, moving from 52.26 per cent in 2017, while the JP Eustace Memorial Secondary increased by 24.82 per cent, moving from 49.27 per cent last year.
The ministry said 2,726 candidates were registered, 1,052 of whom were private candidates.
There were 1,647school candidates sitting 11,839 subjects entries in 32 subject areas from 26 secondary schools.
Approximately 74.67 per cent of the subject entries were awarded Grades I-III, compared to 73.25 per cent in 2017and 74.66 per cent in 2016.
This year, 16.82 per cent of the passes were at Grade 1 level, 37.29 per cent at Grade II and 45.89 at Grade III.
Last year’s figures were 11.40 per cent at Grade I, 27.33 at Grade II and 34.53 per cent at Grade III.
Mourine Williams, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, said: “The Ministry of Education congratulates all students and extends gratitude to the principals, teachers and staff of all schools for their support of the students. We are cognisant of the fact that the outcomes in education are measures, not only in quantitative terms, but also in qualitative terms; therefore, the value added to the lives of all of the students, the top performers as well as those whose performance can be improved is greatly appreciated.
“All principals continue to work diligently in conjunction with the ministry of Education in support of their schools’ effectiveness and the students’ success.”