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Caribbean Studies challenge in CAPE

Thursday, August 14 2014

While a number of secondary schools have not yet received the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) preliminary results, those schools which have received their “hard copies” have expressed satisfaction with the results with one principal expressing optimism that the school would be able to improve on last year’s scholarship success.

The examination results, which were available to students online, were made available to schools yesterday with principals being advised they could collect the slips at their respective education district offices.

However, a number of schools contacted yesterday informed Newsday they had either not yet received their slips or had received them late and would not have been able to comment on the results.

However, Presentation College, San Fernando principal, Dexter Mitchell, said the majority of students had secured “ones” in subjects such as Physics, Chemistry and Biology though he expressed concern they had not scored as well in Caribbean Studies.

“We have a number of students who got all ones in their subjects but got twos in Caribbean Studies so that is a bit of a concern, especially when it comes to scholarships but we are hopeful,” he said.

And regarding the CSEC examinations (O’Levels) results, which were released by the Education Ministry on Tuesday night, he described the school as “extremely happy” saying of the 119 students which had written the examinations, 111 students had secured passes in five and more subjects.

“The school did extremely well but my mantra is that no boy must leave college with less than five subjects,” Mitchell said, and noted 93 percent of the students had secured passes in English Literature and Language.

Meanwhile, an official at ASJA Girls’ College, San Fernando echoed his sentiments saying while the school was satisfied with the overall CAPE results, the Caribbean Studies exam results had proved disappointing for students.

“‘It was very disappointing, normally a lot more students would get grade one but they ended up with twos instead,” the official said.

At St Benedicts College, La Romaine, a teacher, who requested anonymity, described the CAPE results as excellent saying they were anticipating at least one Open Scholarship and four Additional Scholarships.

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