Guyana students clinch top positions in CXC 2021 results

Guyana students clinch top positions in CXC 2021 results
Guyana students clinch top positions in CXC 2021 results

On Thursday, Dr Nicole Manning, Director of Operations at the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), announced that Guyana has emerged at the top in this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) result.

At Arthur Chung Conference Centre, the officials of the examination body declared the results of CAPE 2021. Additionally, they highlighted few points of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate.

Dr Manning said, “Overall, Guyana’s (CAPE) performance was marginally higher compared to the rest of the region. We had 16 units of which 100 per cent candidates received Grade 1 to Grade 5.”

The officials, while differentiating between the result, said that from Grade 1 to Grade 5, the students are marked to pass in CAPE. On the other side, the students from Grade 1 to Grade 3 would be marked to be passed in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.

While achieving the high pass rates, Guyana is at the top. Additionally, Dr Manning also stated that more than 70 per cent of the students were eligible to pass Grade 1 to Grade 3.

The officials also informed that this year the examination was conducted y the council in 2 sittings. The first sitting was conducted from June to July for all the students in the region. The 2nd sitting was conducted specially for students from St Vincent and the Grenadines as they were facing an unwarned explosion of the La Soufrière volcano.

Dr Manning pointed out that during this tense period of the pandemic, they also reduced the School-Based Assessments (SBAs) requirements from 100 to 50 per cent. This move was made by the council to lower down the stress regarding the examination on the students in some subjects.

Dr Manning said, “For the first time, we would have introduced a facility known as deferral who might have felt as if they were not ready to sit exams in 2021. They had the opportunity to defer all or some of the subjects. We had also given them an opportunity, also for the first time ever, for students to deter submitting their SBAs until 2022.”