The T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC) has reported an increase in 2017 figures as compared to 2016 in the number of passes in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
The results which were released last Friday showed an overall pass rate of 86.15% this year, slightly above the 83.38% registered in the previous year.
According to Acting Registrar at the College, Marva Bowen-Neptune, there was a 83% increase in Unit 1 percentage passes in 2017 as opposed to 79.32% in 2016.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Bowen-Neptune offered an explanation for the passes and pass rates as obtained by students.
“We have in the Unit 1 exam, we have 60 Grade 1s achieved in 12 subject areas as compared to 34 Grade 1s in the 2016 examination,” she said.
The subject areas which were recorded as receiving an exceptional pass rate of Grade 1 in Unit 1 were Accounting, Biology, Pure Math and Chemistry.
There was a 100% pass rate in Unit 1 in Applied Math, Entrepreneurship, History, and Literature while Communication received 96.7% passes, Environmental Science (96%), Physics (95%) and Sociology (90.3%).
Jason Phillip has been identified as the top performer in Accounting, Applied Math, Communication, Pure Math, Chemistry and Physics.
Out of the six subjects, Phillip copped four Grade 1s and two Grade 2s.
Brandon Alexander was another exceptional performer in Unit 1 in the subject areas of Biology, Pure Math, Communication, Physics and Chemistry.
He obtained three Grade 1s, a Grade 2 and a Grade 3.
Toya Amada also did exceptionally well in Biology, Communication, Chemistry and Pure Math, obtaining three Grade 1s and a grade 2.
Blossom Degale, Nathan Johnson, and Timara Bubb obtained three Grade 1s and a Grade 2 in Biology, Chemistry, Pure Math, and Communication.
According to Bowen-Neptune, there was an increase in performances for the Unit 2 examinations.
“We saw a 91.2% … increase – a better performance in Unit 2 – when we compare last year’s performance of 89.42%”, she said.
The Acting Registrar disclosed that there were sixty-three Grade 1s in 10 subject areas, when compared to 45 grade 1s in nine subject areas in 2016.
The Grade 1s were recorded in Accounting, Applied Math, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Environmental Science, Law, Management of Business, Physics and Pure Math.
In addition, one hundred percent passes were obtained in Accounting, Applied Math, Art and Design, Economics, Environmental Science, French, History, Literatures in English and Sociology.
Trist’n Joseph has been recognised as a top performer in the Unit 2 examinations as he had five grade 1s in Applied Arts, Physics, Pure Math, Economics, and Caribbean Studies.
Kalifa Phillip obtained four grade 1s in Applied Math, Chemistry, Physics and Pure Math.
Karxena Harford and Renee Campbell both copped four grade 1s in Biology, Chemistry, Pure Math, Caribbean Studies and Physics, Adrian Andall and Regine Mondesir had three grade 1s and two grade 2s in most of the science subject areas.
The best performance for Unit 1 CAPE on the sister isle of Carriacou is Jessmond Emmons as he received a grade 2 and a grade 4 in Entrepreneurship and Sociology.
Bowen-Neptune said there was a slight decrease in performances on the sister isle for the 2017 examinations as there was 81% overall pass rate compared to 84% in 2016.
Nine hundred and seventy-five subject entries were recorded in the CAPE exams with 697 being females and 278 males.
The male pass rate was 89% while the female was put at 85% passes and a total of 377 students from TAMCC, including Carriacou wrote the CAPE in 20 subject areas.