The New Guyana School’s Jorrel DeSantos has been awarded the top spot in this years National Grade Six Assessment Examinations. He scored a total of 533 marks out of the possible 540 marks.
He was followed by Aliah Mohammed of the School of the Nations who came in the number 2 spot with 531 marks. The third spot went to Ravi Singh of the Westfield Prep while Isaac Mallapatti of the New Guyana School was placed fourth with 527 marks and Analise Samaroo of the School of the Nations rounded out the Top Five.
Education Minister Priya Manickchand congratulated the top performers in the country. The cut off marks to be allowed entry into Queens College is 514 while Bishops is 510, St. Stanislaus College is 506, St. Roses is 503 and St. Joseph’s High is 500.
The Minister of Education said she was generally pleased with the performance of Guyanese students. However, she appeared worried with the overall pass rate in the four subject areas. Only 31% of the candidates were able to score more than 50% in Mathematics. In English, just over 51% of the students passed the halfway mark.
The Education Minister said 168 students make up the Top 1% in the country. In some subject areas, boys are performing better than in previous years and Manickchand said that is a welcoming sign.
The Private Schools have once again dominated the top positions but the Minister said she is not worried about that since she believes when one looks at the rest of the results, they would see that the Public Schools would have performed better overall. She said the private schools have a number of advantages to their disposal including deciding which students could attend the schools. The Minister noted that whether the students are from the private or public school system, she is pleased with the overall performance since all of those students represent the children of Guyana.
The Education Ministry, she said, has started an aggressive programme which will be looking at Mathematics at both the Primary and Secondary School levels.
Over 15,000 students wrote the National Grade Six Assessment Examinations this year.