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Aug 13, 2012

CSEC: more students, more passes; but core percentages decline

Juan Vargas

The cramming for high school examinations have long been forgotten and those students are enjoying their summer holidays while preparing to enter sixth form. Before classes begin, there is still unfinished business with their former high schools that they must attend to. Results are in for the CXC Examinations and Belize’s over-all scores indicate a satisfactory level of performance. The preliminary results show that seventy-four percent of the three thousand and forty obtained grades one, two and three in the different subject areas. Now, seventy-four percent is about five percentage points less than 2011’s results. Interesting to note is that this year, more students sat the exams so while the grades in the core subjects have gone down, there is an increase in the overall passing scores. Local Registrar, Juan Vargas, explains what the numbers mean.

 

Juan Vargas, Local Registrar, CSEC/CAPE

“We can see there is a seventy-four percentage acceptable, satisfactory grades which if we compare that with last year, it declined slightly by about five percentage point.  In terms of the salient subjects; if we want to focus on core subjects such as English. For English we noticed that for last year we had we had eighty-three point three percent within the acceptable range of one to three. This year we have sixty-two point two percent. Indeed, English showed a decrease here. If you compare 2010 and 2011, we noted that they more or less remain the same at eighty-three point three percent. If we look at another of the subjects, for example Mathematics, we had been oscillating within the fifties percent. In 2010 we had fifty-nine percent; 2011, fifty-two percent and this year, we have forty-six percent within the satisfactory grade level. If we look at English B, which is literature, we note that we had in 2010 seventy-four percent; 2011, sixty-eight and this year we had sixty-four percent. Overall we noted an increase in entries—both at the subject entries and number of candidates that entered to sit the subjects. If we the candidate entries from 2011 to 2012 for CSEC, we had nine point two percent increase. And the subject entries, we had twelve point six percent increase. So we have more students sitting these subjects and obviously if you look at it, we note that as the number of students increase, then the number of grades acceptable within the grades one to three also increase.”

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1 Response for “CSEC: more students, more passes; but core percentages decline”

  1. Seletar says:

    Look North to the USA, and they experience the same thing because of not controlling immigration from Spanish-speaking countries.

    It may not be politically correct o observe it, but it’s the truth: when you put foreign speakers in the classroom with native-born English-speakers, EVERYONE falls behind. It simply destroys the ability of teachers to do their jobs.

    I read somewhere that there are more than 100 languages used in California schools, and in Los Angeles, only about 50% of the students graduate, and of those who graduate, only 50% can READ and WRITE.

    THESE TESTS ARE A WARNING TO US — EDUCATION IS ON THE DECLINE IN THE JEWEL, AND PARENTS BETTER WAKE UP OR THEIR CHILDREN WILL BE CRIPPLED BEFORE THEY GROW UP.

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