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Jadon Alexander Hamilton  at his graduation from Windsor Primary School last month. (Photo: Facebook/Blue Marlins Swim Club SVG)
Jadon Alexander Hamilton at his graduation from Windsor Primary School last month. (Photo: Facebook/Blue Marlins Swim Club SVG)

Boys took seven of the 10 spots in the 2023 Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, according to preliminary results released today (Friday).

Jadon Alexander Hamilton, a student of Windsor Primary School, is the top performer, having recorded an average of 97.20%  in the examination that determines students’ placement in secondary school.

Kole Kenneth Inniss of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic and Kajj Akin Murray of Windsor Primary School tied for second place.

Orion Trent John of Fair Hall Primary School placed fourth and Drez Lyf Compton of Kingstown Preparatory School placed fifth. 

Joshua Curtis Jr. Greaves, of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic, placed sixth and Julian Stanton Defreitas of Sugar Mill Academy placed seventh.

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Gabriella Tiffany Defreitas of Colonarie Government and  Sky Angelena Cato, of Sugar Mill Academy, both of whom tied for first place for girls, also tied for eighth position overall. 

Kaiden Mateo James, of Sugar Mill Academy, placed 10th. 

Inniss and John tied for the stop score in maths —  97.3%.

Mya Kamea Samuel of Lowmans Leeward Anglican was the top science student, amassing 98.67%.

Hamilton was the top language student, scoring 98.67% while Murray’s 97.3%  was the highest social studies score. 

The Ministry of Education said that of the 1,702 students registered, 1693 wrote the final examination, which concluded on May 5.

The assessment is made up of a school-based assessment  of 200 marks or 40% of the total score and an external assessment, which contributes 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 minister of education said. 

The preliminary results indicate that 1,442 (85.17%) students met the prescribed standard, a slight increase over last year’s 83.87%. 

This number includes 666 (79.19%) males and 776 (91.08%) 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 Ministry of Education congratulates all students and extends gratitude to the Headteachers, teachers and staff at all schools and other stakeholders for their support of the students,” a press statement said.