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Jun 6, 2008

Overall scores low, but much better than last year

Story PictureNow, for a little background on the P.S.E. The annual exam is spread across four content areas: English, Math, Social Studies and Science. Looking at the scores, there is improvement in all four categories. English, with a mean national score of sixty point five percent showed only a minor gain over 2007 but it did maintain a relatively steady upward trend over the last fiver years.

In math the eight percentage point rise was impressive even if the mean score of fifty-three point seven four percent was not. Social studies showed the biggest jump, with the average score of sixty-eight point eight six exceeding last year’s mark by almost nine points.

And in Science, a gain of almost six points to sixty-four point seven crowned a trend of four years of steady improvement in that field of study.

While the upward trend in scores is encouraging the actual level of achievement is not exactly impressive. In terms of grades only social studies approached the B category, meaning competent. Science and English achieved only a satisfactory C grade, while math, at fifty-three, is rated E or inadequate.

As was customary, the Ministry of Education didn’t rank schools or singled out students who earned the highest marks in subject areas instead it highlighted the top three students from the six districts.

In the Belize District, the third place student is Emilie Magana of St. Ignatius. In Orange Walk the three stars are Emil Cervantes of La Imaculada School, Markeda Anderson of Louisiana Government and Omar Nicholson also of La Inmaculada; Ester Sun of Mary Hill R.C., Betty Tan of St. Francis Xavier and Peter Lee also of Mary Hill scored the highest in the Corozal District; Sacred Heart clinched two of the three top spots in Stann Creek with Jacky Cheng and Juana Meza followed by Daniella Boehmer of Solid Rock Christian Academy; Cordelia Kile of San Perdo Columbia, Rudolph Parham of Little Flower R.C. and Suhong Deng of St. Peter Claver did it for Toledo while Daniel Waight of Lady of Guadalupe, Valerie Penner of Ontario Christian and Adrian Avilez of St. Andrew’s Anglican made Cayo proud.

We sought comment from officials in the Ministry of Education but were told that they could not speak to the media without the authorization of the C.E.O., who was unavailable.

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