Common Entrance Examination statistics released by the Ministry of Education show that nearly half of the students who sat the test this year, scored below the national mean.

The ministry disclosed that one thousand two hundred and eighty (1280) or 52.91% of the candidates scored at or above the national mean.

One thousand one hundred and thirty-nine (1139) or 47.09% scored below the mean.

The Ministry of Education has also reported a decrease in the national mean for this year’s Common Entrance exam.

According to the statistics, the national mean this year was 62.73%.

This represents a decrease of 1.05% when compared to the 2015 national mean of 63.78%.

The ministry revealed that the results of two thousand four hundred and nineteen (2419) candidates were processed for the 2016 Examination.

Of these, one thousand two hundred and seventy-three (1273) or 52.63% were male and one thousand one hundred and forty six (1146) or 47.37% were female.

Forty–four (44) candidates were provided with accommodations including large print, reader, scribe and reader-scribe, the ministry said in a statement.

It noted that a total of thirty-two (32) candidates were absent.

For this year’s examination, the composite scores ranged from 14.33% to 96.33%.

Two thousand two hundred and fifty (2250) students were assigned to twenty three secondary school.

A total of one hundred and sixty-nine (169) students were unassigned.