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CSEC, CAPE results available as of midnight; major performance declines in English B, Biology

Published:Friday | August 18, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Jodi-Ann Gilpin, Gleaner Writer

Education Minister Ruel Reid says the results of the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) will be made available online as of midnight. 

Speaking at a Press Conference which was held at the ministry's offices in downtown Kingston, Reid reported a 2.5 percentage point increase in CSEC Mathematics examinations.

"We are quite encouraged by this movement and it's very consistent with the movement we saw also in GSAT (Grade Six Achievement Test)," Reid said.

He also said there were improvements in five other subjects, but English Language recorded a 0.4 percentage point decline.

English B declined by 13.2 percentage points and Biology by 12 percentage points when compared to the previous year.

According to Reid, 67 per cent of students from public schools who sat the CSEC obtained passes at grades 1-3. 


Reporting on the CAPE results, Reid said there was 3.2 per cent overall improvement in the 2017 exams. 

He indicated that there was improved performance in 23 subject areas when compared with 2016. 

In the meantime, Reid said for the most part, all should be in place for the start of the new academic year. 

He highlighted, however, that 172 schools have been identified for a critical maintenance at a cost of $554.3 million.  

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