Friday 28 February, 2020

Public school principals as pleased as punch with 11+ results

Jacinta Alexander.

Jacinta Alexander.

Of the top ten performers in the 2019 Common Entrance Examination, four students hailed from government schools and out of the 35 students who scored full marks on the Mathematics paper, 19 were public school students.  

The principals at some of these schools told LOOP NEWS while they are pleased with this year's results, they believe more should be done to help students who are failing. 

During the announcement of the results on Monday, Minister of Education, Santia Bradshaw, said the statistics show there is a cause for concern in regards to the quality of instruction being provided at some public schools.  

This year, six students scored a raw zero in the Mathematics paper- resulting a decline in a national mean when compared to last year’s results. The national mean in the English paper also declined against last year’s numbers. The Minister attributed the decline to improper and inadequate assessments during students’ academic life.  

At the Lawrence T. Gay Primary School, Acting Principal Jacinta Alexander said the school has been focusing on identifying students’ weaknesses.  

“In order to know what the students’ strengths and weaknesses are, you have to do the assessments. So as you assess and see the weaknesses, you work on those, so we teach and we correct.” 

Janika Walcott was one of the 81 students Class 4 students at Lawrence T. Gay who sat this year’s exam. She scored a perfect 100 in Math and gained an overall score of 241.52 A to land a spot in the top ten performers in the island.  

Alexander said the teachers come together prior to the start of the school year to strategize about preparation for the exam. She said she is ecstatic with the results and will continue to push students to achieve their best.   

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Over in Fitts Village, St. James, Acting Principal at the Good Shepherd Primary School, Wilma McClean said early preparation has paid off with two students emerging as top performers- Zahara Diagne and Azani Blades.  

McClean said she considers all 29 of her Class 4 students “top performers” as reflected in the results. 

The Christ Church Girls School had a grand total of three students who were top performers- Taja Taylor and Janae Forde-Blenman, who both scored 100 in Mathematics and Arianne Blades, who was number nine overall in the island.  

Acting Principal, Oriane Blenn called on the Ministry of Education to provide additional resources for public school teachers to assist students who are falling behind.   

“... there are a myriad of problems that we have to examine closely and those persons who are involved in education need to get together to find the best solutions to some of the challenges we are having. They are not insurmountable at this time.”  

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