The Ministry of Education will be releasing today the results of the 2010 Common Entrance examinations, the outcome of which determines the placement of children in secondary schools.
The Daily OBSERVER has been reliably informed that ministry officials are pleased with the 10 per cent increase in the number of passes over the 2009 pass rate.
As has been the trend for a number of years, students from the private schools have outstripped their counterparts in government-run institutions and have taken the top spots in the Top 100.
However, a source indicated that government schools have performed creditably.
One thousand six hundred and eighty-one (1,681) students, 753 from private schools and 928 from government-run institutions wrote the examination which tested their competencies in English Language, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.
Children who were unsuccessful in negotiating the examination will return to their school of origin.
Last year, for the first time, the minister of education announced that the Junior Secondary system was being phased out and students would be allowed to write the examination after they would have passed their 13th birthday. Twelve students this year have written the Common Entrance three times and have been unsuccessful. The ministry is now assessing what is to be done with these students.