June 7, 2013

2,334 students to sit Common Entrance Examination today

A total of 2,334 students have been registered to sit today, what is likely to be the final locally administered examination, which determines placement of children in the nation’s secondary schools.{{more}}

According to a release from the Ministry of Education, 1,226 male students, and 1,108 females from approximately 70 primary schools, are down to write the multiple choice component of the Common Entrance Examination, at the St Vincent Grammar School and the Girls’ High School in Kingstown.

They will be tested in English Language, Mathematics, and General Paper.

The reading assessment component of the exams was done in April and May. The composition component of the English examination was written on May 31.

As of 2014, primary school students are to be assessed on common literacies, through the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA), administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

This, the CXC believes, would provide a seamless transition of students from primary to secondary education, and facilitate portability of qualifications across the Caribbean region.

In 2012, 2,119 students (1,076 boys, 1,043 girls) wrote the exams, with a 53.09 per cent pass rate.