The Ministry of Education reported yesterday that schools with online access should have been able to access the results as of 12:01 am today, while those without will be able to pick up the documents at the regional offices by midday. Parents should start learning their children’s scores and placement schools today.
At a press conference at its Heroes Circle head office yesterday, the ministry reported that with the exception of one subject, this year’s scores showed “notable improvement” over those recorded last year.
Mathematics, which has previously been on the decline, moved up 4.2 percentage points to 62.4 per cent; language arts moved up 4.4 percentage points to 72.8 per cent; communication task moved 4.2 percentage points to 76.2 per cent; and social studies went from 68.9 per cent in 2016 to 70.6 per cent this year.
Science, which enjoyed an incremental increase in performance from 2014 to 2016, declined 4.5 percentage points this year, from 69.2 per cent to 64.7 per cent.
The education minister, Senator Ruel Reid, explained that while students’ knowledge of concepts was particularly high, it fell when asked to analyse or apply deductive reasoning.
In tandem with the improved results, the ministry said 99 per cent of the students who sat the exam have been placed in high schools, as opposed to all-age and junior high schools.