National Grade Six Assessment… Results reflect equity in the delivery of education – Minister Manickchand
By Jenelle Carter
Education Minister Priya Manickchand says her Ministry is pleased with the results of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) as the results reflect equity in the delivery of education.
The Minister expressed this notion yesterday during a press conference at which official announcements were made pertaining to top performers and other related issues at this year’s NGSA.
However the full results for the examinations, which were written on April 4-5, will be officially released to schools today.
During the media briefing yesterday at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) building Minister Manickchand said she was satisfied overall with the results and congratulated the students for their achievements.
“We will not only celebrate the top ten or those whose names have been mentioned, but would also like to celebrate the efforts of all those children, even the bottom ten as they have all done well.”
The Minister further expressed her satisfaction towards the work put in by the teachers within the public schools.
“A special thank you to all our teachers… while they may not have worked under conditions as that of some of our private schools, but they all did well too.”
She further encouraged the students who sat the exams to continue to work hard throughout their academic careers as this exam was “just the close of one chapter and the beginning of a new one”. The Minister also lauded the efforts of the parents, who played a very important role in the students’ lives.
“We are pleased to have parents involved, since we at the ministry and the teachers are not the only ones who deserve the praises. It takes an entire community to raise a child.”
Meanwhile, in response to questions about comparative grades in Mathematics and English over the past two years, the minister said a full analysis has not yet been done, but this will soon be made public once it is completed. Nevertheless, the Minister said that in general, she is pleased with the performance given the fact that several programmes were introduced to target these areas.
Further responding to the question of private schools dominating among the top names, Minister Manickchand said it would be fair to say that those children would have gotten their foundation from the public school.
Making specific reference to the Success Elementary School, Minister Manickchand said Mr. Wilfred Success, the school’s owner and director, has always produced good results, even while he was in the public school system, and he continues to do this.
The 17,138 candidates who wrote these exams also sat the National Grade Two Assessment in 2008 and the National Grade Four Assessment in 2010.
The top 10 marks were shared by 32 students with the highest possible total score obtainable at 563. Twenty-three of those students attended private schools.
Top scorers Michael Bhopaul of Graham’s Hall Primary School and Ramesh Ghir of Mae’s Under 12 tied with 547 marks. Third position was secured by Roletta Barrow of Success Elementary with 546 marks, fourth position went to Angel Munilall of Success Elementary and Telesha Sukraj from Mae’s Under 12 with 543. Ashandai Liverpool of Tucville Primary and Roshawn Cummings of Success Elementary copped the sixth position with 542 marks; while the eighth position was shared by Isaiah Carter, Ria Khan and Anthony Singh of Success Elementary, and Surendra Gocool of Kawall Primary, with 541 marks each.
Twelfth position was shared by Rihanna Khan of Success Elementary, Farah Chin of Marian Academy, and Alyssa Nurse of Mae’s Under 12 with 540 marks each. Sarah Garrido of Green Acres Primary and Nerisha Maraj and Leonardo Gobin of Dharmic Rama Krishna Primary copped the fifteenth position with 539 marks; while Onisha Adams of Green Acres Primary, Joshua Mortley and Ruel Sookdeo of Success Elementary, and Latonya Darrel of New Guyana School gained 538 marks in the eighteenth position.
The twenty-second position in the country was shared by ten students; Sydney Frazer of New Guyana School, Jeevan Dalip and Alyssa Baksh of Mae’s Under 12, Sherry Frank of School of the Nations, Brandon Samaroo and Simantra Scott of Success Elementary, Anupa Ramdehol of Zeelugt Primary, Atika Roshandin of Academy of Excellence, Kimberly Prashad of Taymouth Manor Primary, and Jelina Arjoon of Green Acres Primary with 537 marks each.
Seven students copped the thirty-second position namely Fidel Da Silva of Green Acres Primary, Michael Persaud of ABC Academy, Keiron Smith and Adiya Gomes of Success Elementary, Ricardo Singh of Providence Primary, and Jonette Casey and Vishaul Jack of Mae’s Under 12. The highest possible standardized scores obtainable were Mathematics – 146 English – 144, Social Studies – 137, and Science – 136. The highest possible total score obtainable was 563.
The results of the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) written on 04 April and 05 April 2012 will be released to schools shortly. Seventeen thousand one hundred and thirty eight (17,138) candidates were entered for this assessment. These candidates also wrote the National Grade Two Assessment in 2008 and the National Grade Four Assessment in 2010. The results being released give a report on the candidates’ overall performance at the three assessments.
A percentage of the marks gained at the Grade Two and the Grade Four Assessments was combined with the marks gained at the Grade Six Assessment in order to determine the candidates’ overall scores. Five percent (5%) of each candidate’s Grade Two score in Mathematics and English, and ten percent (10%) of the Grade Four score in the same subjects, were added to eighty five percent (85%) of each candidate’s score in those subjects. The combined scores in Mathematics and English were added to the scores gained in Science and Social Studies.