PSE results show slight improvement Print E-mail
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Friday, 14 June 2019 00:00

The Primary School Examination (PSE) results are out, released by the Ministry of Education on Monday, June 10, 2019. Of the more than 7,000 students that sat the two-part exams earlier this year, Jasmine Espat of Saint Andrew Anglican Primary School in San Ignacio, Cayo outperformed the others. Espat gained a total of 386 points of a possible 400, over 96%. AnnElyse Fleser-Perdue of La Isla Bonita Elementary School in San Pedro placed second followed by Jasmine Faber of Saint Peter Claver Primary School in Toledo. Kyrun Supaul, also of St. Peter Claver, placed fourth and rounding off the top five was Emeleigh Kib of Faith Nazarene Primary in Cayo.

The rest of the top twenty five grades, which saw a total of twenty-three students due to several cases of tied grades, consisted of eleven persons from the Belize district, five from Orange Walk, four from Cayo, and three from Toledo. Neither Corozal nor Stann Creek saw any placements in the top 25 grades, or top 28 performers.

In the overall performance in the four subject areas, the Ministry’s results show that the national mean performance by subject has remained more or less stable over the last ten years with a slight upward trend in three of the four subjects. Of the students that sat the exam, 75% passed with a D mark or higher. With regards to the mathematics section of the paper, 55% scored with or higher than a D, an improvement of above 1% when compared to last year. Social studies saw a 2.2% increase in mean score, with 62% of students getting a mark of C or higher and 82% getting a D or higher. Nelson Longsworth, Director of Examinations Unit, Ministry of Education, says that this may be because the subject represents a large part of real life and the students may be learning to apply that idea when answering the questions. In English, 70% of the students scored an adequate grade, a D or higher. That is an increase from 55.5% in 2018 to 56.7% in 2019. Longsworth says that students perform most poorly in the narrative writing of the English paper. He says that they do well in formatting and mechanics but lack in creativity. Performance in science has dropped significantly this year, from 80% attaining a D or higher in 2018 down to 66% in 2019. Longsworth says that through students, for a long time, have been studying a set of notes, they are not grasping the concept and, as such, are not performing well.