TEST RESULTS ARE IN AND NUMBERS DON'T LIETuesday 10th July 2012
Results of the 2012 Common entrance Examinations (CEE) are in, and the test pass rate is up 3.2 percent as compared to last year. Scores for this year’s top students range from 368 to 328 out of a possible 400 points. According to education minister Dr. Jacqui Quinn-Leandro, this turn of events is directly attributable to the hard work and effort invested by teachers, administrators and students alike.
“Hearty congratulations to the parents, teachers and to all students for a job well done,” the education minister said. The 2012 CEE was conducted over a two-day period, June 6–7, with a total of 1577 students from 60 primary schools (29 government and 31 private) writing the examination. Students were assessed in four core areas - Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science.
Of the students sitting the examination 1,333 (84.5%) were successful, as compared to 81.3% in 2011. The girls continued to out-perform the boys, with girls accounting for 727 of those who passed, versus their male counterparts with 606. This trend holds true among the top 100 performers. In that group 62 girls (52 of whom attend private schools) made the cut. Only 39 boys (31 of whom attend private schools) featured among the top 100 students.
The most notable performance this year was that of Joni C. Spencer, this year’s CEE Top Student. A student at Sunnyside Tutorial, Joni scored a total of 368 out of a possible 400 points, with 94% in English, 96% in Math, 84% in Social Science, and 94% in Science. Her male private school counterpart, Top Boy Shaikou O. O. Joseph, a student at Baptist Academy, scored 365. Not to be outdone, Alicia Paul, a student at Mary E. Pigott Primary, took home the title of Top Girl from a government school with a score of 360. Mary E. Pigott Primary holds the distinction of producing the highest number of students in the top positions from government schools.
The Ministry of Education also revealed that of the successful students 158 were assigned to the Antigua Girls High School, 148 to the Antigua Grammar School and 144 to the All Saints Secondary School.
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