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Preliminary Results for 2012 CXC Examinations Print E-mail
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Thursday, 16 August 2012 00:00


For CSEC, sixteen subjects of the general (G) or technical (T) proficiency showed increases in the number of graded entries and in the number of such entries earning grades I-III. Those subjects are agricultural science single award (G), biology (G), electrical and electronics technology (T), integrated science (G), principles of business (G), Spanish (G), visual arts (G) geography (G), home economics management (G), information technology (G), physical education and sport (G), physics (G), religious education (G), social studies (G), clothing and textiles (G) and human and social biology (G). Of special mention are physical education and sport, agricultural science Single Award, Integrated science, physics, information technology, principles of business, Spanish, social studies, human and social biology, religious education, clothing and textiles, home economics management, electrical and electronic technology, and biology in which the percentage of graded entries earning grades I-III remained above 99%, 96%, 95%, 88%, 88%, 87%, 86%, 82%, 81, 81%, 78%, 78%, 78% and 74.5% respectively for the last three years (2010-2012).

Six subjects showed increases in the number of graded entries but decreases in the number of such entries earning grades I-III. These are English A (G), mathematics (G), Caribbean history (G), chemistry (G), principles of accounts (G), and office administration (G). Of concern to the Ministry of Education are the subjects of English A, mathematics and principles of accounts where the number of graded entries earning grades I-III, 1796, 1232 and 439 respectively, were lower than the two previous years. In the other subjects of Caribbean history, chemistry and office administration although the number of graded entries earning satisfactory level of performance (grades I-III) decreased compared to 2011 figures, they are still higher than in 2010. At the CSEC level the two subjects with the highest entries continue to be English A with 2,987 entries and Mathematics with 2,851 entries.

As it relates to the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE), overall results show a negligible decrease of about half a percentage point compared to 2011 and remained higher than the 91.1% in 2010. 94.7% of the units sat were awarded Grades 1-5, which are satisfactory at the CAPE level. Performance improved in 9 subject units; declined in 12 and 13 remained the same. chemistry unit 2, environmental science unit 2, history unit 1, pure mathematics unit 1 & unit 2, sociology unit 2 and Spanish unit 1 were among the subjects with the most notable improvements in 2012. One hundred percent of chemistry unit 2 entries received Grades I–V compared to 83.3% in 2011; 100.0 percent of entries for environmental science unit 2 received Grades 1-5 compared 92.3% last year; 100.0 percent of the entries for history unit 1 were awarded acceptable grades compared to 92.9% last year; 100.0% of the entries for pure mathematics unit 1 & unit 2 received Grades 1-5 compared to 89.5% and 88.9% respectively last year; sociology unit 2 and Spanish unit 1 received 100.0 percent grades 1-5 compared to 69.2 and 80.0 percent respectively last year. One hundred percent of the entries for applied mathematics unit 1, communication studies, economics unit 2, environmental science unit 1, history unit 2, information technology unit 1, literatures in English unit 2, management of business unit 2, physics unit 1 & unit 2 received Grades 1-5, comparable to the same grades in 2011. For CAPE, communication studies with 70 entries and caribbean studies with 53 entries continue to be the most popular subjects.
These results are preliminary since schools and candidates are given the opportunity to query the grades. Schools have until September 7, 2012 to submit queries and it is not until after this period that the grades become final.