Preliminary results of the May/June 2021 Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Examinations (CSEC) were received on 12 October 2021, in Grenada, with students’ performance in all of the Pure Sciences remaining above regional performance levels.
A total of 2,606 candidates were registered to write CXC (CSEC) examinations, of which 1,700 were females and 906 were males. 2,417 were candidates attending school, while 189 were private candidates. There were 13,791 subject entries in 32 subject areas. Twenty-four secondary schools and 24 private centres participated in the examination.
The largest entries were in Mathematics (1,839), English A (1,746), Social Studies (796), Principles of Business (770) and Information Technology (567).
The lowest entries were in Industrial Technology – Mechanical (14), Theatre Arts (27), Additional Mathematics (41), and Religious Education (49).
Table 1: Number of passes at each Grade Level
NUMBER AT EACH GRADE LEVEL
|I||II||III||IV||V||VI||UNGRADED OR ABSENT|
Overall, there were 1,921 Grade ones, 3,583 Grade twos, 3,777 Grade threes, 2,585 Grade fours, 1,064 Grade fives, 15 Grade sixes, and 572 ungraded or absent.
The percentage pass rate (Grades I to III) in the examination was 71.7%, a decline of 5.6% compared to 77.3% in 2020. In 2019 the pass rate was 74.54%.
The subjects with the highest percentage pass were Theatre Arts (100%), Industrial Technology Mechanical (100%), Physical Education and Sport (98.57%), Industrial Technology – Building (97.8%), Visual Arts (95.97%), Industrial Technology – Electrical (94.35%), Textiles, Clothing & Fashion (92.96%), Information Technology (92.87%), Food, Nutrition and Health (92.11%), and Technical Drawing (91.99%).
The subjects with the lowest percentage pass were Mathematics (34.98%), Religious Education (43.75%), French (50.66%), English B (51.07%), and Spanish (53.13%).
Performance in Mathematics declined by 8.58%, from 43.56% in 2020 to 34.98% in 2021. The percentage pass was 38.59% in 2019. Performance in English A declined by 10.94% from 82.65% in 2020 to 71.71% in 2021. The percentage pass rate in 2019 was 78.28%.
There were 8 schools recording percentage pass rates of 80% or more.
Table 2: Comparison of Percentage Pass Rate in Mathematics and English A
|Subjects||% Pass||% Pass||% Pass|
The performance of students in both English A and Mathematics are below the regional performance levels.
One student received acceptable grades (I to III) in 17 subjects, with 17 Grade ones. Two students obtained 16 Grade ones; 2 students achieved 14 Grade ones; one student obtained 13 Grade ones; 3 students obtained 12 Grade ones; 4 students attained 11 Grade ones and 7 students attained 10 Grade ones in the examination.
Performances in two of the pure sciences increased marginally in 2021. Performance in Chemistry and Biology increased by 5.89% and 5.29%, respectively. Physics decreased by 14.63%. Table 3 shows a comparison of the percentage pass rate in these areas for 2019, 2020 and 2021, against the region’s performance.
Table 3: Comparison of Percentage Pass Rate in the Pure Sciences in 2018, 2019 and 2020
Grenada’s performance continues to be better than the regional performance in all of the Pure Sciences.
NB: The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development, Religious Affairs and Information has not yet received the preliminary slips for individual candidates from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). Therefore, candidates will have to collect individual slips in the next week or two, when they are received from the Council. Candidates can continue to access their results electronically via the CXC Student Portal.
Additionally, please note that these results are preliminary and that CXC reserves the right to correct the information, which will be confirmed on the final certificate.