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Shawn Edward On CPEA Results – ‘We Are Improving’


Education Minister Shawn Edward has noted an improvement in all subject areas in this year’s Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA).

The CPEA replaced the Common Entrance Examination.

It assesses the literacies required by all pupils exiting the primary school system.

“I have noted an improvement in all subject areas, and we’ve seen the national mean move from 70.56 percent last year to 74.2 this sitting, an increase of 3.64 percent,” Education Minister Shawn Edward observed.

Edward disclosed that except for Mathematics, national mean performances for the individual subjects were above 70 percent, with language and science surpassing the overall national mean.

“We are improving,” the Dennery North MP declared.

The child with the lowest CPEA score this year registered 28.8, and the one who performed best scored 96.6 percent.

“As I peruse the summaries provided, I realise our males appear to be stepping up their game and are beginning to challenge the females who, over many years, appear to have dominated the top ten positions. This year 11 students copped the top ten positions, of which seven were male,” Edward said to applause from those in attendance.

The Minister described the performance of boys in the CPEA as exceptional.

And he said they should be applauded at every opportunity.


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  1. Hon. Minister, thanks for the summary and congrats for the academic gains. However, I would like to know how many students scored above the national mean and how how many meet or above minimum expectation competency standards. Evidently, Math seems to continue to be a problem for our kids. How do you plan to address student learning in Math?

  2. Protocol established.
    \We have moved the goal posts removing both English and Mathematics long papers by focusing only on multiple choice in this new exam structure. Student based assessments are often compromised, and everybody scores full marks with the teacher’s and mommy’s assistance. The boys dominating this new format is obviously a consequence of the format change and the secondary school teachers are now left to strengthen weaker writing and problem solving skills later rather than earlier at the primary school level.
    Kudos on the perceived progress, but this isn’t going to end well as presently constructed


  3. Come on dude. Stop deceiving the people. Standards are continually being dropped to have students pass exams. Teachers exclude students, who they think will fail, from writing exist exams under the school’s banner. They must do it independently as to not drop the overall grade of the school.

  4. St. Lucia Times news is not news at all, it is just a disgrace to social media. They allow any misinformation about Chastanet but allows lazy-ass Shawn to get away with all nonsense about St. Lucia education. What a disgrace.


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