Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter
The overall regional performance in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) remained steady this year compared with previous years, with 89 per cent of the entries receiving acceptable grades.
Acting permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education, Grace McLean, was, however, unable to disclose the figures for Jamaica, as she said the ministry received the raw data on Sunday and was still analysing the information.
Students who sat the examination can view their results online, starting today.
According to Cleveland Sam, assistant registrar in public information and customer services at the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), the exam results have been released earlier this year, when compared with previous years, due to increased use of technology.
Sam explained that there was an increase in the grades for the two major subjects: communication studies went up to almost 98 from 95, and Caribbean studies moved from 84 per cent to just under 96 per cent.
Chemistry, physics and biology also saw increased passes in the examination.
But for mathematics the results were mixed.
Applied mathematics, Unit One, increased to 70 per cent this year compared with 66 per cent last year, and Unit Two went down from 89 last year to 80 per cent this year.
Pure mathematics Unit Two went up from 81 to 82.65, while Unit One went down from 86 last year to almost 71 per cent this year.
Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results were expected to be released to the ministry today, but would be available for persons to view online on Friday.
CONCERNS ABOUT GEOGRAPHY
Sam raised concerns about the way geography was being treated with scant regard in the schools.
"The examining committee noted in their report that they have been more or less told by teachers that in the lower secondary schools, geography is no longer taught as an independent subject. It is infused with social studies and, therefore, students going up to do geography CSEC and CAPE subjects do not have the same type of grounding that they would have in other subjects," he said.
There was a five per cent increase in entries with 28,043 candidates registered compared with 27,000 last year.
In CAPE, acceptable grades are in the category of grades one to five, while in CSEC they range from grades one to three.