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Jun 9, 2015

Director of Examinations Discusses PSE Results

This year, the number of students sitting the P.S.E. decreased by three percent when compared to 2014. A total of one hundred and sixteen registered candidates did not turn up for the exam and two hundred and one students did not receive a grade. While the P.S.E. was never intended to be used as a decisive factor for entrance into secondary school, it does paint a picture of the student’s strengths and weaknesses in the respective subject areas. But the statistics would show that in English, only five percent of the students received A’s with seven-nine percent receiving a C and less. In mathematics, twelve percent received A’s with forty-nine percent—that’s three thousand four hundred and seventy-three students—getting an E grade. Social Studies one saw nine hundred and sixty-nine or thirteen percent of the students getting an A. The best performance was on Science with thirty percent of students receiving a grade A in that subject area. Director of the Examination Unit of the Ministry of Education, Nelson Longsworth explains.


Nelson Longsworth

Nelson Longsworth, Director, Examination Unit, MoE

“We definitely continue to see similar performance as compared to the last two years; the only big bright spot would be in Social Studies….we would see a sizeable improvement. When it comes to English, though, on the other hand, there’s about a point average that the performance has dropped. In Math, similarly, a small drop and Science likewise showed a small drop. The trend general continues to be one of a slight improvement. You can see the improvement in the system as the year’s progress, but from year to year, it fluctuates. So this year, you see a small dip in especially Math and English and Science and hopefully next year it rebounds back. But the changes are very small. Written papers continue to be a big concern and that is the English written papers and the Math problem solving papers. The only bright spot in the Math this year is that there is an increase in the number of A’s so it has gone up by four to five percent points in the number of students getting A in the Math. But it continues to see half of the students getting E as their grade, which is below fifty percent and that has been the trend for as long as we can remember.”


The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports will launch the Education Quality Improvement Project with an IDB loan of twenty million dollars that will focus on improving the teaching of English, Mathematics and Science in schools across the country.

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1 Response for “Director of Examinations Discusses PSE Results”

  1. Pleez! says:

    Haven’t we tried this before already? AND before that? AND before that? Throwing good money and good grants at a failed educational system is just plain insanity…… won’t work and the grades wont improve! This Educational System gets an F!

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