It was Cecil Cox and Deowattie Narine, both of Queen’s College, who together claimed top performing places when the results of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) were announced yesterday.
At a forum held at the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD), Kingston, Georgetown, the CAPE results were unveiled ahead of that of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination. The proceeding was aired live on the Government-operated National Communications Network (NCN).
The two top performers, according to Minister of Education Priya Manickchand, were able to secure Grade One passes in Seven Units each. The subject areas tackled by Cox were: Applied Mathematics Unit 1, Caribbean Studies Unit 1, Chemistry Unit 1, Computer Science Unit 1, Pure Mathematics Unit 1, Physics Unit 1 and Digital Media Unit 1.
Narine, on the other hand, opted for Communication Studies Unit 1, Environmental Science Unit 1, Biology Unit 2, Chemistry Unit 2, Environmental Science Unit 2, Pure Mathematics Unit 2 and Physics Unit 2.
According to the Minister, as she unveiled the results yesterday, CAPE, which was written in May/June this year, saw a total of 798 candidates from nine secondary schools and three private centres participating.
In outlining the summary of entries over the past two years, she noted that in 2013 there were 748 candidates, an amount that evidently increased this year. And while in 2013 there were 3,118 subject entries, 2014 saw the subject entries reaching 3,465.
Minister Manickchand pointed out that the Guyanese candidates were offered 40 units at this year’s examination with the single Unit subjects being offered this year being Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies. The Double Units subjects offered were: Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Electrical and Electronic Technology, Environmental Science, Food and Nutrition, Geography, Geometrical and Mechanical Engineering Drawing, History, Business, Pure Mathematics, Physics, Sociology and Spanish.
The results for CAPE, the Minister explained, are reported on a seven-point scale, that is, Grades I – VII. Moreover, candidates attaining Grades I – V have attained an acceptable standard for matriculation purposes, with Grade One representing an excellent performance, while Grade Two and Three represents very good and good standards of performance respectively.
Minister Manickchand revealed yesterday that the overall pass rate this year is 85.07 per cent which, according to her, “is a slight decrease from 2013 when a pass rate of 86.6 per cent was attained.” The Education Minister also pointed out that there was an increase in the Grades III to V performances this year.
And based on the results obtained, it was clear that females outperformed the males, characterised by a 64 per cent and 36 per cent pass rate respectively.
Candidates, according to the Minister, obtained a 100 per cent pass rate in 12 units, with Grade One to Five passes. These were Art and Design Unit 1, Electrical and Electronic Technology Unit 1, Environmental Science Unit 1, Food and Nutrition Unit 1, Geography Unit 1, Spanish Unit 1, Digital Media Unit 1, Food and Nutrition Unit 2, Geography Unit 2, Information Technology Unit 2, Literatures in English Unit 2 and Spanish Unit 2.
And then there were 25 units in which candidates were able to achieve a pass rate of 75 per cent or higher with Grade One to Five passes, Manickchand said, as she listed an additional four units that attracted a 50 per cent or higher pass rate (but below 75 per cent) with Grade One to Five passes.
Minister Manickchand made a point of noting that there were, however, no units that recorded a pass rate that was below 50 per cent.
Of note this year was the fact that the Caribbean Examinations Council for the first time offered candidates Digital Media which was written by one top performer, Cecil Cox. And the unit, the Minister informed yesterday, saw a 100 per cent pass rate being secured.
Additionally, the Minister related that Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies continue to record an over 95 per cent pass rate while Pure Mathematics Unit 1 remained somewhat constant with 58.59 per cent in 2013 and 57.73 per cent in 2014.
In addition to Cox and Narine recording outstanding performances, there were Andy Sattan, Prashant Shivdas, Kaleshwar Singh, Benedict Sukra, Akeila Wiltshire, Sasha Woodroffe, all of Queen’s College, and Chaitram Mohamed and Karran Singh of St Rose’s High.
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