The Education Ministry has reported that 90.86 per cent of the students who sat the 2021 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) attained acceptable passes of Grades One to Five.
This is according to Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hutson. On Friday, the Education Ministry announced the top performers of this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and CAPE which are both administered by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).
For his part, Hudson gave the countrywide report on CAPE performance. He said that CAPE is graded on a scale of one to seven with Grade One representing an excellent performance, while Grade Two and Grade Three represent very good performance.
Some 723 candidates from 10 secondary schools and four private institutions sat the examination this year in comparison to some 853 candidates in 2020. In 2020, there was a 93.2 per cent pass rate. This year, there was an increase in students attaining Grade Ones.
According to Hutson, 20.2 per cent of students received Grade Ones in comparison to 16.57 per cent in 2020. He said that 24.5 per cent of students attained Grade Twos which represents an increase in comparison to 21.23 per cent in 2020.
There has been a decrease in Grades Three, Four, and Five.
“21.32 per cent of students attained Grade Three in comparison to 23.69 per cent in 2020, while 17.11 percent of candidates achieved Grade Four in comparison to 17.69 per cent in 2020 and 10.07 per cent of students attained Grade Five in comparison to 11.68 per cent in 2020,” he said.
In relation to gender analysis, 36 per cent of males obtained acceptable passes while some 64 per cent of females obtained acceptable passes.