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Hon Troy Liburd reveals Nevis preliminary performance statistics in 2018 overseas examinations

Hon. Troy Liburd Junior Minister in the Ministry of Education on Nevis

CHARLESTOWN, Nevis – Preliminary test results in the 2018 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), have been released by Hon. Troy Liburd, Junior Minister in the Ministry of Education. Examinations were held from March to June 2018.

Liburd said preliminary results came from the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) through the office of our Examination Registrar and our CXC Local Registrar, Solomon Claxton, via our Examinations Office at the Department of Education on Nevis. These results are preliminary but provide enough information for the purposes of this statement.

“I congratulate all students who sat CSEC and CAPE subjects this year,” the junior minister said. “I congratulate the principals, teachers, and other staff of the secondary schools, and the Nevis Sixth Form College. I congratulate parents, private tutors, friends, family members, and indeed all those who played some part in even one student’s success.”

“For the island of Nevis CSEC examinations, we had 1,563 subject entries, of those 1,498 subjects entries were actually written,” Liburd said. “There were 1,207 passes, a pass rate of 81percent, and a one percent increase over 2017.”

Liburd gave a breakdown by schools:
At Gingerland Secondary School (GSS), 37 students wrote the CSEC exams. A total of 228 subjects entries were written at General Proficiency Level and 34 subject entries at Technical Proficiency Level.

For a total number of 262 subject entries written, 251 subject entries resulted in passes thus attaining a pass rate of 96 percent, the highest in the Federation – an exceptional result!

“I take this opportunity to congratulate our students, the principal and teachers,” Liburd said. “This is the third year in succession that GSS has topped the pass rate in the federation. Kudos to the GSS!”

Outstanding individual passes at GSS 2018:
The following students are listed by name, gender, number of subjects passed, grade and numbers:
Thalia Dore, F, 11, 8; Jelani Manners, M, 10, 6; Aleyah Powell, F, 10, 5; Amber Adams, F, 10, 4; Nhekelon Nisbett, M, 10, 3; Jaquan Lawrence, M, 9, 2; Sharicia Merchant, F, 8, 3; Zania Chumney, M, 8, 2; Kaihlee Mills, F, 8, 2; Kareem Daniel, M, 8, 1; and Clarisa Hanley, F, 8, 1.

Charlestown Secondary School:
One-hundred-eight students wrote the CSEC Examinations this year. There were 602 subject entries written at General Proficiency Level and 113 at Technical Proficiency Level, for a total 715 Subject Entries. There were a 564 Subject Entry passes yielding a pass rate of 79 percent.

Outstanding individual passes at CSS:
The following students are listed by name, gender, number of subjects passed, grade and numbers:
Adessa Farrell, F, 11, 4; Dahlia Slack, F, 11, 4; Zyska Herbert, F, 11, 4; Ercha Stapleton, F, 10, 9; Kiane Boddie, F, 10, 6; Joseph Tomlinson, M, 10, 4; Adiel Chowtipersad, M, 9, 7; Davina Wilkinson, F, 9, 4; Sherquanya Jeffers, F, 9, 4; Desrond Bartlette, M, 9, 3; Chylon Caines, M, 9, 1; Belinda Clarke, F, 8, 2; Tasheem David, M, 8, 2; Celestial Hanley, F, 8, 3; Renardo Hanley, M, 8, 2; Malik Liburd, M, 8, 2; J’Carlesia Williams, F, 8. 3; and T-Veston Jeffers, M, 8, 1.

Nevis International Secondary School (NISS):
Ten students wrote the CSEC examinations this year. There were 36 subject entries written at General Proficiency Level and one at Technical Proficiency Level. There were 30 subject entry passes, a pass rate of 81 percent, an increase of 6 percent over last year.

Outstanding individual passes at the Nevis International Secondary School 2018:
The following students are listed by name, gender, number of subjects passed, grade and numbers:
Jermaine Walters, M, 7, 1; and Shemar Caines, M, 5, 1.

We continue to perform exceptionally in some subject areas.

Subjects that returned 100 percent passes at the Gingerland Secondary School were:
Agricultural Science (Single Award), Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Textiles, Clothing and Fashion, English B, Family and Resource Management, Food Nutrition and Health, French, Geography, Human and Social Biology, Information Technology, Integrated Science, Music, Principles of Business, Spanish, Technical Drawing, Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM), Building Technology, Building and Industrial Technology Electrical.

Subjects that returned 100 percent passes at the Charlestown Secondary School were:
Agricultural Science (Double Award), Biology, Chemistry, French, Integrated Science, Music, Physical Education and Sport, Food Nutrition and Health.

Subjects that returned 100 percent passes at the Nevis International Secondary School were:
English A, Geography, Music, Principles of Business, Social Studies, Technical Drawing, and Electronic Document Preparation and Management.

Mathematics has over the years been an area of concern at the Secondary Schools. Pass rates dropped again this year at Charlestown Secondary from 47 percent in 2017 to 45 percent. However, Gingerland Secondary School’s percentage increased from 77 percent in 2017 to 96 percent this year. We say congratulation to those who were successful, and at the same time we encourage our teachers and students to continue to give maximum effort on this important subject area.

There were 204 private candidates registered to write CSEC examinations this year and the pass rate was 61 percent. Congratulations to the successful candidates and to their tutors. To those who were not successful, I offer words of encouragement. Continue to strive for self-improvement.

Nevis Sixth Form College CAPE:
The CAPE Unit entries for the Nevis Sixth Form College this year were 587. Five hundred and sixty-five (565) Units were written with 500 Unit passes, yielding an 89 percent pass rate. This is an improvement of 5 percent over 2017’s 84 percent. Our students continue to perform exceptionally well. I take this opportunity to congratulate the students, the Supervisor, teachers, and other staff of the Nevis Sixth form.

The most individual units attempted over a two-year period by a single student was 19. Outstanding candidates attempting 1st year and 2nd year units are as follows:

CAPE 1st Year Students 2018
The following students are listed by name, gender, number of subjects passed, grade and numbers:
Tarana Kacker, F, 5, 5; Kervincia Webbe, F, 6, 3; Shaniah Taylor, F, 4,3; and Eulone Pemberton, F, 5, 2.

2nd Year Students 2018
The following students are listed by name, gender, number of subjects passed, grade and numbers:
Rol-J Williams, M, 19, 8; Ronicia Liburd, F, 10, 7; Devonte Jones, M, 13, 4; Anneka Ferguson, F, 11, 3; Tishella Woodley, F, 11, 2; and Britney Chaderton, F, 10, 2.

The following subjects returned 100 percent passes at the Nevis Sixth Form College:
Agricultural Science Unit 2, Applied Mathematics Units 1 & 2, Art & Design Units 1 & 2, Biology Units 1 & 2, Building and Mechanical Engineering Drawing Unit 1, Caribbean Studies Unit 1, Digital Media Unit 1, Entrepreneurship Units 1 & 2, Chemistry Units 1 & 2, Environmental Science Unit 2, French Units 1 & 2, Geography Unit 1, Green Engineering Units 1 & 2, History Unit 2, Information Technology Unit 2, Law Unit 2, Physical Education Unit 1 & 2, Literatures in English Units 1 & 2, Physics Units 1 & 2, Pure Mathematics Unit 2, Spanish Units 1 & 2, Tourism Unit 2.

CAPE Integrated Mathematics, which is now a compulsory Unit, had a pass rate this year of 68 percent. This is an improvement over the 51 percent from last year.
An area that remains a concern is student absences. For CSEC there were 14 absences this year, down from, 38 in 2017.

“At the Nevis Sixth Form College, there were 15 absentees in 2018, down from 40 in 2017,” Liburd said. “It does appear to be trending down and my hope is that, this will decrease even further. I encourage all students to make the effort, see your exams as an investment in your future and give the priority to preparation time necessary to be successful.”

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