PHOTOS: All smiles; 2019 Common Entrance results are back!
Minister of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Santia Bradshaw is delivering the Barbados Secondary Schools' Entrance Examination (BSSEE), more commonly known as the 11-plus or Common Entrance Examination, now.
Common Entrance Examination 2019
This year 39 fewer students sat the exam than in 2018, with 42 students being deemed incapable were allocated to institutions.
This year's results are "particularly exceptional" according to Bradshaw who was pleased to report that a whopping 35 students gained a raw score of 100 in the Mathematics paper. There were 22 boys and 13 girls. This is in comparison to 10 students in 2018.
No one scored 100 in raw marks in the English paper. The top raw score in English was 99. Bradshaw disclosed that there was a decline in the marks attained by both males and females in Section A of the English paper this year. Of the 11 top performers in the English paper, "only eight were from private schools" stated the Minister. Three students earned 97, while seven earned a raw score of 96.
In 2018, zero boys were marked '0' in Mathematics, however, eight boys received a raw score of '0' on the 2019 Common Entrance Examination.
The Top Boy will be attending Queen's College and the Top Girl will attend Harrison College.
Before commencing with the results, the Minister reiterated for parents and students, "I stand firm that the school does not define the young person."