Wednesday 28 October, 2020

Improved results in 19 CSEC subjects - MOE issues congrats to students

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The Ministry of Education has announced that Trinidad and Tobago students writing the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) in 2020 had an improved performance in 19 subjects compared to the previous year.

The subjects that saw a marked improvement included Agricultural Science DA, Agricultural Science SA, Caribbean History, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, English A, English B, Family Resource and Management, French, Human and Social Biology, Industrial Technology (Building) (Mechanical) and (Electrical), Mathematics, Music, Principles of Accounts, Religious Education, Technical Drawing, Textiles, Clothing and Fashion, and Theatre Arts.

The Ministry said that 24,136 candidates wrote this year’s exam in 34 subject areas. There were 114,642 individual subject entries, in which 70.4 per cent received passing grades of Grade I, II or III.

Over 55 per cent of students who attempted five or more CSEC subjects were deemed successful.

In the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), students writing Units I and II achieved a Grade I, II and III in over 76 per cent of subject entries in this year’s exam.

The Ministry also confirmed that 32 subjects were written in both Units I and II in 2020, with 95.2 per cent of written CAPE subject entries achieving ‘acceptable passes’ or Grades I to V.

In CAPE Unit I, 26 out of 32 subjects had a pass rate of 90 per cent and above, and 25 out of 32 subjects in CAPE Unit II also attained a pass rate of 90 per cent and above.  

The Ministry said that six subjects – Animation and Game Design, Digital Media, Electronic Engineering Technology (Option A), Food and Nutrition, Performing Arts (Dance) and (Music) – had attainment rates of 100 per cent in Unit II while Electronic Engineering Technology, Food and Nutrition, Geography, and Logistics and Supply Chain Operations attained 100 per cent pass rates in Unit I.  

All these figures were revealed by the Ministry of Education as it issued congratulations to congratulations to students, parents and teachers on the performance of students in this year’s exams.

The Ministry said the results demonstrated the discipline and perseverance of the students despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

No mention was made of the brewing discontent with the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) among some parents and students in the region.

Since the release of results on Tuesday, thousands have signed at least three petitions demanding that all examination results and papers be reviewed by the CXC, with many citing irregularities in the results received.

The nationalities of the petitioners have not been confirmed.

In Jamaica, the Ministry of Education promised to look into the issues.

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