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Pass rate for maths-related CAPE subjects dips; results to be released tonight

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2015 | 12:11 PM

Even though public high school students have maintained a 90 per cent overall pass rate in this year's Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams (CAPE), there has been a decline in the pass rate for maths-related subjects.

The Ministry of Education says there has been a 5.4 percentage point decrease in pure maths, a 10.1 per cent decline in applied maths and a 10.2 per cent decline in geometrical and electrical engineering drawing.

As a result of the decline, Chief Education Officer Dr Grace McLean says the geometrical and electrical engineering drawing syllabus has been revised for implementation in September.

McLean says preliminary analysis of the results for the other three subjects indicate that emphasis has to be placed on students' grasp of fundamental concepts instead of past examination papers.

Although there was a decline in maths-related disciplines, the education ministry says student performance in law recorded the highest percentage increase this year, followed by information technology.

The exam results are scheduled to be released online at 10 p.m. today.