Preliminary results indicate that the British Virgin Islands recorded a 100 percent pass rate across nine subjects in the 2019 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.
Some 375 local candidates sat 28 subjects in the examinations which are administered by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC).
Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley said the initial results showed that the students received a 100 percent pass rate in Agricultural Science, Information Technology, Office Administration, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts, Family and Resource Management, Textiles, Clothing and Fashion, Food, Nutrition and Health and Industrial Technology Building.
“Of the 2019 cohort who sat examinations, 13.74 percent received Grade one passes, 28.98 percent received Grade Two passes, and 31.52 percent received Grade 3 passes. This equates to 74.24 per cent of candidates earning Grades 1 to 3 passes,” Dr Wheatley said.
Notably, the territory received a 90 percent average pass rate with grades one to three in Chemistry, English B, Geography, Principles of Accounts, Electronic Document Preparation and Management and Physical Education & Sport.
In the other subjects such as Mathematics, the territory attained a 60.3 per cent pass rate, while a 62.5 pass rate was noted for English A.
Exceptional performance in CAPE
In the meantime, Dr Wheatley said the 28 local students who sat Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) performed ‘exceptionally well’.
“Of the 2019 cohort who sat examinations, 5.3 percent received Grade-one passes, 18.7 percent received Grade-two passes, 12 percent received Grade-three passes, 17.3 per cent received Grade-four passes, and 29.3 percent received Grade five passes,” the minister said.
“This equates to an 82.7 percent pass rate in CAPE,” he added.
The top-performing subjects with 100 percent passes included Entrepreneurship — units one and two. Candidates are said to have received only grades one and two passes.
CAPE students who sat and unit-two Biology received no lower than grade Two and Three passes. There were also 100 per cent passes in Caribbean Studies and Chemistry. Additionally, 95.5 per cent of students passed Integrated Mathematics.
Results are only preliminary
The Education Minister reiterated that the aforementioned results are only a “preliminary synopsis of the CXC Examinations results.”
He said, “It must be noted that CXC is presently making final checks and changes may be made before or by the end of the week.”
In CSEC, only grades One to Three are accepted as passes. 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’.
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