The Ministry of Education, on Thursday, released the long-awaited Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate result, which showed a 16.93 percentage point decline in student performance compared to 2021, and a 7.78 percentage point slide compared to 2019, the ministry’s preferred reference year.
The ministry said the result, which the Caribbean Examination Council issued to students on Sept. 5, were released to the public “following the settlement of some discrepancies”.
There was a 66.55% pass rate this year, compared to 83.48% in 2021, 81.86% in 2020 and 74.33% in 2019.
In 2021 and 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the explosive eruption of La Soufriere volcano students wrote took a single-paper multiple choice examination, the ministry said in a press release.
This year, 2006 candidates were registered. Of these, 513 were private candidates and 1,493 were school candidates. There were 1,364 school candidates from 26 secondary schools sitting papers I and II with 9,649 subject entries in 31 subject areas.
Approximately 66.55% of the subject entries were awarded Grades I – III. The corresponding figure in 2019 (the last year papers I and II were done by Vincentian students) was 74.33%.
This year, 16.96% of the passes were at Grade I level, 35.40% at Grade II and 47.64% at Grade III.
The figures in 2019 were 15.62% at Grade I, 38.53% at Grade II and 45.85% at Grade III.
Additionally, English A recorded a pass rate of 64.12% and mathematics a pass rate of 26.01% compared to 2019 where the pass rates were 76.08% and 33.10% respectively.
There were five schools that recorded percentage pass rates of 80% or more.
These schools are:
Girls’ High School — 96.88%
St. Vincent Grammar School— 91%
St. Joseph’s Convent Kingstown —82.24%
Bequia Seventh-day Adventist School — 81-20%
St. Martin’s Secondary School— 80.95%
The ministry said that five schools obtained creditable pass rates between 60% and 80%.
These are schools:
St. Joseph’s Convent Marriaqua — 76.38%
Thomas Saunders Secondary School — 76.04%
Mountain View Adventist Academy — 68.6%
Bishop’s College Kingstown —63.79%
Buccament Bay Secondary School — 60.91%
“The Petit Bordel Secondary School (PBSS) and the St. Vincent Grammar School (SVGS) show a slight improvement in their performance at the 2022 CSEC examinations,” the ministry said.
In 2021, the PBSS recorded a pass rate of 47.84% and the SVGS recorded a pass rate of 89.54%. In 2022, PBSS pass rate increased to 51.79% and the SVGS pass rate rose to 91%.
These figures represent an increase of 3.94% and 1.46% respectively.
The press release said:
“The Ministry of Education of National Reconciliation congratulates all students and extends gratitude to the principals, teachers, and staff at all schools for the support provided to the students.
“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 students, the top performers as well as those whose performance can be improved, is greatly appreciated. We urge all principals to continue to work diligently, in conjunction with the Ministry, in the best interest of school effectiveness and the students’ success.”
On Sept. 9, Minister of Secondary and Primary Education, Curtis King told the state-owned Agency for Public Information that the results became available to the students on Sept. 5, but there were “some anomalies, … some issues” that had to be resolved before the could have bene made public.
“Now without going into a lot of details, I’ll give you an example. There are students, in fact, at some schools, there are entire classes where, in a particular subject, or in some subjects, all these students receive what is referred to as ‘ungraded’ for the particular subject or subjects, as the case may be,” the minister said.
“Now, this is not a situation where one or two students suffered from that issue. This is not a situation where one school is affected. So given the magnitude of the issue, obviously, we have to resolve it before we could do a proper analysis and release the results,” King said.