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Jun 3, 2011

The passes and failures of the Primary School Examination

The results of the 2011 Primary School Examinations were released late this evening. It’s a nineteen page document and we’ll have the details on Monday, but a quick perusal shows that the top student is Aliyah Marin of Holy Redeemer Primary School in Belize City. The student with the second highest score is Josette McGann of United Evergreen Primary in Cayo followed by Jordan Murillo of Belize Elementary, Alessandra Gutierrez of San Pedro Roman Catholic School and Kate Ramirez of Bernice York in Belize City rounds out the top five. A total of six thousand, nine hundred and sixty-two students registered for the PSE, but one hundred and seventy-seven did not show up.  Thirty-two candidates only sat a portion of the exams. Looking at the overall performance, about thirty-nine percent of the students earned a grade C or higher, which is a satisfactory score. But it is of concern that thirty-two percent of the candidates scored E’s, which is an outright failing grade.  In Math, the grades were dismal with only twenty-eight percent of students earning a C or better. The performance was better in Social and Studies and Science which sixty-six and sixty-seven percent of students got a satisfactory score or higher.

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6 Responses for “The passes and failures of the Primary School Examination”

  1. cg says:

    why are we still using these dumb exams to determine the quality of what a child can do in life? Going to school i could never remember half of what i learn to sit an exam and got failing marks for them. Yet i found my niche in the creative/marketing industry without the help of such exams..time to eliminate them and invest in these children’s potential.

  2. Agreement says:

    Well said CG ,this exam not only reflects bad on a school,student but also and most importantly affects a student emotion and self esteem. It has been shown at times that the students who perform well in school get lower marks than the one who is barely struggling.WHY cause they only guess most of the times and luckily they achieve passing marks. This is a dumb exam for reals!!!

  3. mother of a survivor says:

    Congrats to Aliyah, Job well done! God Bless Ervin and Marlene, your dedication to your children paying off!!

  4. only hope says:

    improved education for our children is our only hope, compare how much is spent on UB versus how much is spent on early childhood education. if we do not reform the system with redistribution of resources, teacher training, performance based incentives our test scores will continue to be dissmal. build a huge public preschool, 2 sessions morning and evening, with age appropriate facilities and trained teachers, only then we will see better results. Every year the Ministers of Education stands up at budjet time a sings how much more millions is being spent on education, however if that does not produce results then you are wasting tax payers money.

  5. female7041 says:

    Taking this exam is BS, we should have children in school any ways. Then we wonder why the crime rate is high, the kids no have nothing constructed to do.

  6. Stygian says:

    No CG and Agreement, this exam is a fundamental examination that all students should take to assess where a student stand. It’s an entrance test to high schools,so when you finish high school, you can be drain sweeper for all we care.

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