Three boys scored an average of 97.8% to tie for the top spot in this year’s Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Preliminary results released by the Ministry of Education on Thursday afternoon say that the top three are Kai Francis, of the Kingstown Preparatory School, Ajani Neverson of the Windsor Primary School, and Matthew Wilson, of the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School.

St. Mary’s RC took six of the places in the top 10, while three went to Kingstown Preparatory and one to Windsor Primary.

In the External Assessment, Matthew Wilson and Najah Lewis of St. Mary’s RC scored the high score for mathematic: 100%

Top performer Neverson tied with his schoolmate, Isabella Sam with the highest grade in language: 98.67%

Cristiano Fitzpatrick, also of St. Mary’s RC, scored a perfect grade in social studies.

The preliminary results indicate that the proportion of students who met the prescribed standard was 1650 (86.16%) a slight decrease over last year’s 87.19%.  This number includes 780 (81.33%) males and 870 (91%) females. 

There are 50 out of 68 schools that recorded a pass rate in excess of 80%.

The final examination was concluded on Friday June 26 — later than usual, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Of the 1,920 students registered, 1,915 wrote the final examination: 959 males and 956 females.  

Students’ final scores were derived from the aggregate scores of both components of the CPEA.  That is, the external assessment which consisted of multiple choice tests in mathematics, science, language arts and social studies and from the school-based assessment which comprised a project, a writing portfolio, a book report as well as teacher tests, pupil made tests and can-do-skills exercises in mathematics, science, language arts and social studies.  

The school-based assessment accounted for 200 marks or 40% of the total score, while the External Assessment was for 300 marks or 60% of the total score

The criterion for determining the required standard is that students must acquire at least 50% of the possible 500 marks.

“The Ministry of Education congratulates all students and extends gratitude to the Headteachers, teachers and staff at all schools for their support of the students,” Chief Education Officer Elizabeth Walker  said in a press statemetn on Thursday.

She added:

“We are cognisant of the fact that outcomes in education are measured, 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.”

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