The British Virgin Islands has recorded an 87.7 percent pass rate this year in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams, which are administered by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).
BVI students did even better at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) level with a 100 percent pass rate.
Statistics compiled by the Ministry of Education show that the territory not only did well in the number of passes but also the quality of the results.
In CAPE, grades One to Five are considered to be passes. A Grade-One pass represents an ‘excellent performance’ while Grade Five represents an ‘acceptable standard’.
Of the 17 students that sat CAPE this academic year, 18.52 percent received Grade-One passes, 33.33 percent received Grade-Two passes, 25.93 percent received Grade-Three passes, 18.52 percent received Grade-Four passes and 3.7 percent received Grade-Five passes.
“The top-performing subjects were Entrepreneurship with candidates receiving only Grades One and Two passes, and Biology/Unit 2 with candidates receiving no lower than a Grade Three pass,” the education ministry reports.
In CSEC, only grades One to Three are accepted as passes. The BVI registered a total of 345 candidates to sit CSEC across 28 subjects this year.
Some 27.26 percent of CSEC candidates received Grade-One passes, 33.18 percent received Grade-Two passes, and 27.26 percent received Grade-Three passes.
Breakdown of passes by subjects
The BVI saw a 100 percent pass rate in Agricultural Science, Biology, Information Technology, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Physical Education & Sport, Food and Resource Management, Technical Drawing, Industrial Technology Electrical, Industrial Technology Building, and Industrial Technology Mechanical.
The BVI also saw top marks for Caribbean History, which has a 90 percent a pass rate this year.
Office Administration has 94.9 percent pass rate, Food, Nutrition & Health has 92.3 percent, Principles of Business has 98.6, and Human & Social Biology has 90.4 percent.
In the core subjects of Mathematics and English A, statistics show the BVI receiving a 77.9 percent and 85.7 percent pass rate, respectively.
The education ministry is yet to announce the top CXC school and top CXC students for this academic year.
BVI betters regional average
While noting the post-hurricane struggles that students endured while preparing for CXC exams, Education Minister Myron Walwyn said he feels ‘extremely pleased with the performance of BVI students’.
“This year we topped the regional average in most of the subject areas. This is was an absolutely sterling performance. I extend hearty congratulations to the students on this accomplishment,” the minister said.
“Additionally, the BVI was the only country in the Caribbean that did all our subjects by the new e-testing method for which we were lauded by the Registrar of CXC. I would like to thank all our principals, teachers, and our education officers for their hard work in preparing our students for these regional exams.”