Basseterre, St. Kitts, August 15, 2018 (SKNIS): At a press conference held in Basseterre on August 15, to reveal the preliminary results for the CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) and CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination) results, Chief Education Officer, Dr. Tricia Esdaille, was pleased to announce that according to a report from Grenada, there has been some improvements in several areas and in several of the schools in St. Kitts and Nevis.
“Certainly, I know that when we have another conference we will begin to break down in more detail the results,” she said. “You will hear more about that, but I certainly do see a trend in some of our schools.”
Dr. Esdaille noted that some of the smaller secondary schools are entering more candidates and are seeing the success of that strategy “despite the fact that more children are being given the opportunity who may have less of a confirmed degree of success afforded them.” She added that they are being exposed and it is showing in the results in the wide spectrum of schools.
The chief education officer said that she recognizes that from the results there is still room for improvement. However, St. Kitts and Nevis continues to perform very well in comparison to the rest of the Caribbean region.
“Our goal is to compete against ourselves, to do better every year and I hope that next year we will continue to see even greater improvement than we’ve seen this year,” she said.
Dr. Esdaille congratulated teachers and parents who supported the students who took exams and who would have achieved success by doing their best.
Minister of Education, the Honourable Shawn Richards, noted that throughout the next few weeks there will be a number of students who will query their grades. This will affect the percentages given.
Additionally, there are some students who may have been ungraded. Those results are pending and may result in a fluctuation of percentages.
The full CXC (Caribbean Examination Council) report will be given later in the year that would give a more accurate picture as to what would have taken place individually within the various secondary schools and also at the Nevis Sixth Form College and at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC) and also with respect to private candidates and a number of other private centers such as her Majesty’s Prison and the New Horizon’s Centre.