With a consistent pass rate over the last five years, Guyana achieved a 63.68% pass rate with grades 1 -3 at this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (CESEC).
Last year, Guyana recorded a 63.39% pass rate, which represented an increase of 0.46%.
However, despite the slight increase, Minister of Education (acting) Nicolette Henry believes the country is still “not cutting it.”
With improved performances in 14 subject areas and consistent performances in Agricultural Science, French, and Mathematics, Guyana recorded poor performances in 11 subject areas including both English A and English B.
English recorded 57.00% pass rate this year when compared to 59.3 % in 2016 while Mathematics recorded a pass rate of 39.23% this year when compared to $38.37 last year.
Overall Guyana recorded a slight increase by 1% over the last five years.
Minister Henry said this year’s performances indicate that appropriate measures have to be taken to ensure overall improved performance in all subject areas.
“We need to reduce disparities and increase percentage,” she said while explaining that no specific intervention was taken in 2017 to improve performances in maths and English.
She insisted that with the performance Guyana recorded this year, a lot of work will need to be done.
The Minister’s sentiments were also shared by Chief Education Officer, Marcel Hudson who said that more attention will be given to the junior’s schools and those schools that performed poorly over the next year.
He said the Ministry’s focus is on ensuring that every student is able to matriculate and this can only be done is equal attention is given to all the region.
On the issue of limiting the subjects’ students write, the Minister and Mr. Hudson said there is no intention to limit the overall subjects a student sit at CSEC but the Ministry remains focused on quality and not quantity.
“We cannot rest until the results are reflective of improvement in all areas,” Henry added.
12,684 candidates registered for the CSEC Exams this year with a total of 35 subjects written.
A total of 12% attained Grade ones, 22% attained Grade twos and 28% attained Grade threes.
One hundred percent pass rate was recorded in music and theatre arts while eight other subjects recorded outstanding performance with over 90% pass rates. The top performer gained 24 grade ones and 1 grade two. The young man, Michael Bhopaul, attends Queens College.