April 23, 2010
CSEC passes double in 2009 among remediated students

THE Education Revolution continues to bear fruit.

Evidence of this came in the announcement that the numbers of students gaining five passes or more in the 2009 Caribbean Examinations Council Caribbean Secondary Education Certification (CXC CSEC) after remediation had doubled over 2008’s figures.{{more}}

The fact was revealed last Friday, April 16, as the Minisry of Education, in conjunction with telecommunications service provider LIME, honoured the nation’s youth at the 6th national awards ceremony for outstanding academic performance in the 2009 Common Entrance Examinations and the CXC CSEC examinations.

Special commendations came in for the West St George Secondary School, which registered a 59 per cent pass rate among students who did not meet the necessary requirements to attend secondary school but were offered places at that facility.

Lou-Anne Gilchrist, Chief Education Officer (Ag), said that the results after last year’s examinations were encouraging and that the Ministry is looking forward to good showings from the Thomas Saunders Secondary, the George Stephens Secondary and the Buccament Bay Secondary Schools, which are all entering candidates in this year’s examination for the first time.

According to Gilchrist, the number of remediated students getting five passes had increased from 8 in 2008 to 13 in 2009.

Those obtaining 6 subjects also increased from 21 in 2009, from 5 in 2008; those getting 7 passes doubled from 7 in 2008 to 14 in 2009, and 3 students got 8 passes showing an increase of 2 over 2008.

And for the first time for a remediated student, Safiya Mc Kenzie, a former student of the Bethel High School, got 9 passes.

Mc Kenzie was awarded the LIME General Manager’s Award for the student with the best results after remediation to add to her ‘Top Female Performer after Remediation’ award.

Hance John, formerly of the St Joseph’s Convent Marriaqua, received the ‘Top Male Performer after Remediation’ award.

The top award went to Gregory Tuayev-Deane, the 2009 top CSEC performer who copped the ‘Best National Results’ award.

Deane also collected awards for ‘Top male performer’, as well as top performer in three subject disciplines.

Other awards went to the Girls’ High School, which was awarded the ‘School with best CSEC results’, the St Martins’ Secondary School: ‘School with most improved CSEC results’, and the Mountain View Academy for ‘School with best results after remediation’. (DD)