KINGSTOWN, SVG (BreadFruit News) – Officials at the Caribbean Examination Council this evening welcomed an increase in the overall grade profile and the overall pass mark for the CSEC Maths and CAPE Pure Mathematics examinations.
While speaking at today’s teleconference to give stakeholders an overview of the region’s performance, Director of Operations, Examination Services Division at CXC, Nicole Manning said:
“we would have seen an increase in grade one and the overall pass rate. The Council is happy about that.”
Fifty-two per cent (52%) of the candidates who wrote the CSEC Mathematics examination for 2020 have passed with 12 % scoring in the grade 1 percentile.
“And this is, in fact, “a slight improvement” over 49 per cent passes in 2018 and “a marked improvement” over 2019 when some 46 per cent of candidates attained acceptable grades,” said Mrs Manning speaking earlier this evening on the ZOOM call.
In 2019, only 8% of candidates received a grade 1 pass mark. CAPE Pure Mathematics Unit 1 also recorded an increase when compared to previous years. In 2020, the overall pass mark was seventy-two per cent (72%) compared to 71% in 2019 and 68% in 2018. However, 22 % of those students who were successful received grade 1 which is also an improvement compared to only 18% in 2019.
The regional body is also pleased with the reduced level of absenteeism. Dr Manning reported a “significant reduction in the number of candidates who would have been absent” despite COVID-19.
CXC plans to consult with all stakeholders including the Ministries of Education across the Caribbean territories in relation to the 2020/21 examination schedule in light of the uncertain environment going forward.