Antigua State College (ASC) students’ performance at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) this year has revealed that poor results in mathematics still plague the education system at every level.
According to the Caribbean Examination Council’s (CXC) Registrar, in Antigua & Barbuda, Myrick Smith, only 22 per cent of students who sat the Pure Math Unit One exam achieved passes.
Smith indicated that the number of students who sat the exam this year, 65, has virtually halved compared to the 127 students who sat the exam in 2015.
By contrast, students who sat Pure Mathematics Unit Two this year collectively achieved a 96 per cent pass rate. However, only around 23 students sat the exam. In some exams, such as Environmental Science and Food & Nutrition, students achieved 100 per cent pass rates.
Despite the performance in mathematics, the overall CAPE pass rate remained virtually the same as 2015, making a minor shift from 84 per cent to 83 per cent.
There were a total of 1,764 exams taken (entries) this year, which represents a reduction from last year’s 1,916 entries.
In the CAPE exams grading scheme, Grades 1 – 5 are passing grades, while grades 6 and 7 are failing grades.
Smith said that 6.35 per cent of the ASC’s entries received Grade ones, 13.61 percent received Grade twos, 21.60 percent received grade threes, 22.9 percent received Grade fours and 18.76 per cent received Grade fives.
The registrar added that 10.66 per cent of entries received Grade sixes and 6.12 percent received Grade sevens totaling an approximate 17 percent fail rate.
ASC students were responsible for the “bulk” of Antigua & Barbuda’s total CAPE exam entries, according to Smith. He said that other examination centres such as the St Anthony’s Secondary School, the Learning Centre and Collin’s Centre account for at least 3 percent while the college accounts for over 95 per cent.
CAPE exam results for 2016 are now available online.