Georgetown, Guyana: The Caribbean nation has topped this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations – CAPE, Dr Nicole Manning announces, the director of operations at the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
The official announcement was made by the examination body of CAPE, and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate – CSEC results at the – Arthur Chung Conference Centre.
“Overall, Guyana’s – CAPE performance was marginally higher compared to the rest of the region. We had sixteen units of which 100 per cent candidates received Grades One to Five,” Dr Manning stated.
Grades One to 5 are considered passes in CAPE exam, while in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate – CSEC) exams, Grades One to 3 are considered passes.
Apart from this, the island also received high pass rates in the latter exams. Manning noted that 70 per cent of students were able to attain Grades One to Three passes.
For this year, there were two sittings of examinations, the first was in the month of June, and the other was in July for the region and a separate sitting for St Vincent and the Grenadines cohort following the unexpected eruption of the La Soufrière volcano on the island.
CXC also implemented various measures with the motive to reduce the pressure on students.
Dr Manning highlighted one of such measure that was the reduction in School-Based Assessments – SBAs requirements. CXC has also reduced the requirements for specific subjects given – COVID-19 restrictions such as oral examinations.
Dr Manning, following the statement, noted, “For the first time, we would have introduced a facility known as a deferral for those who might have felt as if they were not ready to sit exams in 2021. They had the opportunity to defer all or some of the subjects. We had also given them an opportunity, also for the first time ever, for students to deter submitting their SBAs until 2022.”GUy