Monday, July 14, 2003 - Male students have recorded stronger performances
in this year’s Common Entrance examination results, which were officially
released on Thursday, July 10. The trend in recent years showed a decline in the
number of successful males - a cause for concern in many quarters.
This year, male students have made a remarkable comeback by featuring
prominently in the top ten list. According to Acting Registrar in the
Examinations Unit of the Ministry of Education Augusta Ifill, the ministry is
particularly pleased about this achievement.
Four boys featured in the top five positions. The first place went to Sermandee
Phulgence - a girl from the Ave Maria Primary School - with a score of 95.333.
Placing second was Tigani Louisy from the RC Boys Primary with a score of
94.667. The third place went to Kentry Frederick from Plain View Combined with
93.333. There was a fourth place tie with Johannes Joseph of Pierrot Combined
and Evans Skeete from Tapion Private School receiving scores of 93.000.
Also holding their own are the out districts schools. Ifill says they continue
to give a “commendable account” of themselves, scoring well above the national
According to the registrar’s analysis, this year’s results are generally
consistent with the last two years.
“Math remained at 44% overall pass rate, English Language went down a little bit
from 49 to 47. General paper dropped slightly as well. The overall National
Composite Mean (NCM), was 46.734 percent,” Ifill surmised.
Of 4,477 candidates whose results were processed, 2,687 students or 60 per cent
have secured schools places.