NEW AMSTERDAM, BERBICE – Education Officer in Region Six Shafiran Bhajan said the overall performance of students at this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examination (CSEC) is heartening.
“The results show that there has been a progressive increase in our pupils’ performance over the past two years.”
A comparative analysis Region Six for the 2008 to 2010 period reveals that in 2008 there were 56 percent passes with grades one to three, in 2009 the figure rose to 63 percent and this year it stands at 68 percent. With grades one to four passes, the overall percentage is 87 percent this year.
Looking at the general pass rate for the secondary schools in Region Six, the NASS attained an 85 percent pass rate in grades one to three, followed by the J.C. Chandisingh Secondary School with 83.12 percent, Berbice High School 82.59 percent, Berbice Educational Institute 78, Tagore 74, Skeldon Line Path 72, Corentyne Comprehensive 65, Tutorial Academy 59 and Canje Secondary 55 percent. The remainder were below 50 percent.
With grades one to four passes Berbice High School obtained a 96.01 percent pass rate, NASS 95.96, J.C. Chandisingh Secondary School 95.86 percent, Berbice Educational Institute 92, Skeldon Line Path 90, Corentyne Comprehensive 89, Tagore 88, Canje Secondary 84, Tutorial Academy 81, Skeldon High 74.42, Central Corentyne High 74.35, Black Bush Polder Secondary 73, Lower Corentyne Secondary 70.62, Winifred Gaskin Secondary 70.54, Manchester Secondary 66 and Vryman’s Erven 50 percent.
The top students are identified based on the number of subjects written, the grades achieved and the total amount of points scored. She explained that there are cases where a candidate may have secured more distinction or grade one passes than another but yet still is ranked lower than the other.
A distinction earns a candidate six points, grade one – five, grade two – four, grade three – three and a grade four – two points. For this aspect only, the double award in Agricultural Science is not counted as two subjects.
Based on that, Pulmattie Rabinchand, of the J.C. Chandisingh Secondary School, was named the top CSEC student in Region Six with 64 points. She scored nine passes with distinction and two grade one passes. The list of top performers also include Dave Sarran and Sarah Elizabeth Khemraj both from the New Amsterdam Secondary School (NASS) with eight passes with distinction, two grade one passes and one grade two earning them 62 points each.
They were followed by Safia Shafali Ahmad and Rosav Devi Persaud Sukdeo together in the next position. Both of them are from the NASS. Safia Shafali Ahmad attained 11 subjects with six passes with distinction, four grade one passes and one grade two while Rosav Devi Persaud Sukdeo with 14 subjects secured one distinction, four grade one passes, seven grade two passes and two grade three passes.
Bibi Sheniza Khan of Skeldon Line Path Secondary with ten subjects of which eight are with distinction and two grade one passes and Berbice High School’s Elizabeth Dianne Fraser achieving 12 subjects, three of which are with distinction, five with grade one, three grade two and one grade three shared the next spot.
In 2009 top student also came from the J.C. Chandisingh Secondary – Joshua Bhudial gained 12 subjects all with grade one passes.
The Regional Education Officer explained that the upward spiral in terms of results can be attributed to the amount of intervention at all levels. There is now more training programmes for teachers, more text books and other aids are also available.
In Region Six there are three Grade ‘A’ schools – Berbice High School, New Amsterdam Secondary and the J.C. Chandisingh Secondary. In essence, the institutions are ranked based on their performance at the CSEC examination for three or more consecutive years. The ‘B’ institutions are Berbice Educational Institute (BEI) and Tutorial Academy in New Amsterdam along with the Corentyne Comprehensive, Skeldon High, Skeldon Line Path Secondary and Tagore Memorial on the Corentyne. All other schools including the Canje Secondary are classified as ‘C’. The Grade ‘D’ schools were all upgraded to ‘C’ in 2008.
Mrs. Bhajan noted that the New Amsterdam, Berbice High and the J.C. Chandisingh Secondary Schools have been showing consistent improvement despite some setbacks such as lateness by both teachers and students. The Regional Education Officer congratulated the Head Teachers and Teachers. She cited the need for better attendance, punctuality and more parental support.
All low performing schools are to receive assistance and action plans are being implemented to aid in overcoming all weak areas. According to Mrs. Bhajan, the Central Ministry has promised to assist in the training of teachers. The Department of Education through the Region Six Administration is to construct new science laboratories for the Tutorial Academy and the Canje Secondary Schools and to rehabilitate the science laboratories at the Berbice High School and the J.C. Chandisingh Secondary. The Canje Secondary is expected to receive its first computer laboratory next year while other schools are to have their computer labs upgraded. This has already started in order to ensure internet access for all students.
Come September 6th, all schools must have an adequate number of teachers and work must commence by the first period. If circumstances do not permit this, then Mrs. Bhajan said she is willing to make the necessary input. The Region has retained two contractors to supply school with the necessary furniture.
The Region Six Budget for the Education Sector this year amounted to $1.6 billion with $1.2 billion going towards employment cost. Next year the Region is proposing a $1.9 billion Budget with $1.5 billion for employment cost in the education sector.
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