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Preliminary results of the May/June 2020 CSEC examinations

Grenada’s is boasting of a better performance than the regional performance in all the Pure

Sciences in this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results.

One student received acceptable grades (I-III) in 18 subjects, with 16 grade ones – a first for Grenada, while 17 schools had overall pass rates of 80 percent or more, a significant improvement to eight schools in 2019.

However, the Ministry of Education still believes that the achievements of students have much room for

improvement and will continue to work with all stakeholders to improve overall performance.

Regarding the preliminary results of the May/June 2020 Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) CSEC received on September 22nd, 2020 in Grenada, a total of 2,302 candidates were registered to write the CSEC examinations out of which 1,443 were females and 859 were males.

2,069 were candidates attending school, while 233 were private candidates.

There were 11,926 subject entries in 32 subject areas. 24 secondary schools, the Programme for Adolescent Mothers (PAM) and 24 private centres participated in the examination. The largest entries were in Mathematics (1,601), English A (1,534), Social Studies (715), Principles of Business (654) and Information Technology (511).

The lowest entries were in Music (1), Industrial Technology Mechanical (11), Theatre Arts (29), Additional Mathematics (55), and Religious Education (55).

Overall, there were 1,927 Grade ones, 3,483 Grade twos, 3,509 Grade threes, 2,038 Grade fours, 507 Grade fives, 74 Grade sixes and 388 ungraded or absent.

The percentage pass rate (Grades I-III) in the examination was 77.3%, an improvement of 2.76%

compared to the 74.54% in 2019. In 2018, the pass rate was 70.50%.

The subjects with the highest percentage pass were Theatre Arts (100%), Music (100%), Industrial Technology Mechanical (100%), Physical Education and Sport (99.49%), Electronic Documentation Preparation and Management (98.99%), Technical Drawing (96.46%), Agricultural Science (95.05%) Industrial Technology-Electrical (93.40%), Principles of Business (93.2%) Food, Nutrition and Health (93.03%), Information Technology (92.74%), Office Administration (92.14%).

The subjects with the lowest percentage pass were Mathematics (43.56%), Spanish (55.73%), Human and Social Biology (63.60%), Economics (64.03%) and Chemistry (64.65%).

Performance in Mathematics improved by 4.97%, from 38.59% in 2019 to 43.56% in 2020. The

percentage pass was 38.57% in 2018. Performance in English A continued on the upward trajectory, with the pass rate moving from 78.28% pass in 2019 to 82.65% pass in 2020.

Performances in two of the pure sciences decreased marginally in 2020. Physics increased by 5.69%. Performance in Chemistry and Biology increased by 3.97% and 1.95%, respectively.

The schools with the most significant improvement in 2020 were Grenada Christian Academy (38.97%), Programme for Adolescent Mothers (33.33%), Boca Secondary School (24.64%), Happy Hill Secondary (24.64%) and Grenville Secondary (14.57%).

A marked improvement was also noted in the highest number of subject passes obtained by

students and the quality of those passes.

One student received acceptable grades (I-III) in eighteen subjects with 16 grade ones, one

grade two and one grade three. Two students obtained 13 grade ones, five students achieved 12

grade ones, seven students obtained 11 grade ones and four students attained 10 grade ones in the

examination.

In 2019, the highest number of subject passes, 15, was obtained by one student whilst two students obtained 14 grade ones.

Source: Ministry of Education

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