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.