Seante Zelika Sade Marshall
June 18, 2019
Seante Marshall grabs top spot with average of 98.80 per cent

A pupil of the Kingstown Preparatory School has recorded the highest average score in the 2019 Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA).

Seante Zelika Sade Marshall placed first with an average of 96.80 per cent, while Kate-Lynn Meeliah Bobb of the Stubbs Government School was second with an average of 95.60 per cent, a release from the Ministry of Education said.

There was a three-way tie for the third position. They are: Jada Jamelia Ruth Durrant, of the Kingstown Government School, Lazaro Lopez Lynch of the Kingstown Preparatory School and Aroma Sweet Toria David of the Richland Park Government School with an average of 95.20 per cent.

Grade 6 students registered for the 2019 Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) concluded their final examination on Friday May 17, 2019. Of the 1785 students registered, 1780 wrote the final examination: 925 males and 855 females. 

The release said the preliminary results indicate that the proportion of students who met the prescribed standard was 1552 (87.19 per cent) a slight decrease over last year’s 87.43 per cent.  This number includes 749 (80.97 per cent) males and 803 (93.2 per cent) females. 

There are 51 out of 67 schools that recorded a pass rate in excess of 80 per cent.

Of the first 10 places in the CPEA, the Kingstown Preparatory School took five places while the Stubbs Government, Kingstown Government, Richland Park Government, Bequia Anglican Primary and the Barrouallie Government Schools took one place each.

Four students tied for the top spot in Mathematics. Shemoya Racheal Samuel of the Bequia Anglican Primary, Taj Kemel Cain of the Kingstown Preparatory, Amara Iyon Adams of the Cane End Government and Urvee Mishra of the Sugar Mill Academy all scored 96 per cent in the External Assessment of that subject area.

Jada Jamelia Ruth Durrant of the Kingstown Government School placed first in Science with 98.67 per cent in the External Assessment.

For Language, the top grade was 98.67 per cent which was attained by Kate-Lynn Meeliah Bobb of the Stubbs Government, Aroma Sweet Toria David of the Richland Park Government, Seante Zelika Sade Marshall of the Kingstown Preparatory, Josea Alexander Thomas of the Richland Park Seventh Day Adventist and Jaden Abigail Edwards-Barry of the Kingstown Preparatory School.

Five students earned a perfect school in Social Studies. They were Seante Zelika Sade Marshall of the Kingstown Preparatory, Kayleigh Hannah Kristen Tianna Bullock of the Calder Government, Christi Reesa Williams of the Fancy Government and Jabari Cyril Phillip Joseph of the Georgetown Government.

The School-Based Assessment component of the exam made up 200 marks or 40 per cent of the total score, while the External Assessment accounted for 300 marks or 60 per cent of the total score.

The criterion for determining the required standard is that students must acquire at least 50 per cent of the possible 500 marks.

Students’ final scores were derived from the aggregate scores of both components of the CPEA.  That is, the External Assessment which consisted of Multiple Choice Tests in Mathematics, Science , Language Arts  and Social Studies and from the School-Based Assessment which comprised a Project, a Writing Portfolio, a Book Report as well as Teacher Tests, Pupil Made Tests and Can-Do-Skills exercises in Mathematics, Science, Language Arts and Social Studies. 

“The Ministry of Education congratulates all students and extends gratitude to the Headteachers, teachers and staff at all schools for their support of the students. We are cognizant of the fact that outcomes in education are measured, not only in quantitative terms, but also in qualitative terms; therefore, the value added to the lives of all of the students, the top performers as well as those whose performance can be improved, is greatly appreciated,” the release from the Ministry of Education said.