The Ministry of Education has lifted the bar of attainment for primary school students’ entry into secondary schools for 2015.
Education Minister Anthony Boatswain confirmed Tuesday in an interview with THE NEW TODAY that students sitting this year’s Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) in May will have to attain a pass rate average of 50%
“We have decided to lift the bar once more. As you know last year the pass rate was 40% and we have decided to bring it up to 50 %,” Minister Boatswain said.
He pointed out that “when you allow them to enter secondary school without the adequate preparation, they drop out by Forms Two and Three and that becomes problematic.”
“We want to focus on quality,” Minister Boatswain explained while adding that “too many of our students are still entering secondary schools without the basic understanding of literacy and numeracy.”
“So we do believe that if we up the rate, students entering the secondary schools will be better prepared,” he added.
The Education Minister, who is also responsible for Human Resource Development said another significant problem realised is that some of “the teachers are really not focused” in terms of what needs to be done to prepare the students for CPEA.
He stated that “we can’t blame the students for not doing well, we have to blame the teachers as well.”
“So we will leave the pass rate at 50%, monitor what is happening, ensure that our teachers do their work and are more qualified, then we will see whether we will raise the bar further or maybe lower the bar in the future,” he remarked.
The CPEA was introduced to Grenada in 2012, replacing the Common Entrance Exam.
The 2015 assessment will be used to determine the number of students that will move onto secondary schools from the Primary Schools for the 2015/2016 school year.