Guyana records best performance at CSEC this year

first_img…Maths remains stagnant below 50%, English improvesGuyana has recorded its best performance at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations for 2019 after a record-breaking 73 per cent overall pass rate.This was revealed during the official announcement of the results on Wednesday at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) building at Kingston, Georgetown.According to Education Minister Nicolette Henry, this figure showed improvement when compared to 69.1 per cent— the pass rate recorded last year. The performance improved across 21 subject areas, while seven showed constant figures. Another seven subject areas that demonstrated declines were namely: Caribbean History, Economics, English B, Integrated Science, Human and Social Biology, Textiles and Clothing, and French.One of the key subject areas—Mathematics— remained constant at 43 per cent, while there was some improvement for English Language, with a 77 per cent overall success as opposed to 67 per cent in 2018.For the science subjects, there were improvements in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and both double and single awards Agricultural Science. This followed for the business subjects, being evident in Office Administration, Principles of Business and Principles of Accounts; whereas, Electronic Documentation Preparation and Management maintained constant.For humanities and expressive arts, Religious Education increased to a 100 per cent pass rate. This was also seen for Industrial Technology Building, Electrical and Mechanical— having secured over 90 per cent.The Minister sought to mention that outstanding indications were presented in 13 subjects, having secured a 90 per cent acceptable score between grades one to three.“I think this has been a very good year for us in terms of our examination performance in the education sector…We have done well enough to be comfortable to see that we are on the right trajectory and I believe education is on a good path,” Henry posited.Chief Education Officer Marcel Hutson pledged continuation to effective education delivery. He stated that the results point to “signs of hope” and the fact that Guyana is on a developmental trajectory. Building capacity among stakeholders is one thing that they are seeking to improve in the future, along with increased standards for educators.“We will forever seek to develop programmes that will cultivate leadership because we recognise that leadership is important…In order to enjoy great achievements of the sector, we will see to promote standards for our teacher educators, for example those in our teaching college. We think this is paramount because what we are seeing is a testimony, that as we continue to move in this direction, we will see greater improvement,” Hutson stated.last_img read more