By Devonne Cornelius
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — The Washington Archibald High School on St. Kitts and the Charlestown Secondary School on Nevis returned the highest acceptable grades (Grade 1, 2 and 3) in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations and the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College returned the highest acceptable grades in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE).
That disclosure was made at the Ministry of Education’s Press Conference on the 2020 CXC Examination Results by Minister of Education, the Hon. Jonel Powell.
“I must note that Washington Archibald High School amassed the highest acceptable grades being 829 from 999 entries amongst schools in St. Kitts”. “Charlestown Secondary emerged as the school with the highest acceptable grades, some 568 from 642 entries, there in Nevis”. “Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College returned 919 out of 1011 subject entries”.
The federation entered 1,762 candidates for the CSEC exams in 32 subject areas, an increase of 101 compared to 2019. 1,327 candidates wrote exams in St. Kitts and 435 candidates wrote exams in Nevis.
There were 6, 342 subject entries with only 6,079 being sat. 1,464 on Nevis and 4, 615 on St. Kitts, with a fallout of 263 due to absenteeism. There were 5, 109 acceptable grades. 3, 143 to secondary schools on St. Kitts and 1, 012 on Nevis for a total of 4, 155. There were 954 for private candidates with 724 on St. Kitts and 230 on Nevis. There were 1,486 Grade Ones, 1,920 Grade Twos, and 1,703 Grade Threes with a national pass rate of 84.03%.
The acceptable grades for the other secondary institutions were not released.
According to the Education Minister, 470 candidates were entered to sit the CAPE Exams in 27 subject areas. A total of 47 cape units were attempted, 24 unit ones, and 23 unit twos along with the general education courses namely; Communication Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Integrated Mathematics. In St. Kitts, 321 students wrote CAPE Exams from a fleet of 25 subjects, while 58 of whom were private candidates and 283 were college candidates. Nevis record 129 candidates writing CAPE Exams in 27 subject areas. 122 were registered with the Nevis Sixth Form College while 7 were entered as private candidates. 1,607 subject entries were sat with 1,503 by college students with 492 from the Nevis Sixth Form College and 1,101 from the CFBC. 98 Private in St. Kitts and 6 on Nevis. The national pass rate for the CAPE Exams is 90.48%.
The results are based on the candidate’s performance in Paper 1 (Multiple Choice), School Based Assessment (SBA), and the alternate Paper 3 for private candidates.
Present at the Press Conference, which took place on Monday, September 28, were Minister of Education, Hon. Jonel Powell; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, William Hodge; Dr. Tricia Esdaille, Senior Assistant Secretary; Dr. Debbie Isaac, Chief Education Officer; Dr. Jacqueline Austin, President of the CFBC and Mr. Miguel Thomas, Principal of the Verchilds High School.