Kiana Slocombe and Jason Phillip are the top performers

The Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) 2018 results are out and Kiana Slocombe was the top Grenada performer in Unit 1 while Jason Phillip shined in Unit 2 in the examinations.

Corporate Communications Officer at TAMCC, Cristina Swan-Awagah and Acting Registrar Marva Bowen-Neptune briefed reporters on the results of the exams

This was revealed by Acting Registrar of the T.A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), Marva Bowen-Neptune who hosted a press conference last week Friday to announce the results to media.

Slocombe obtained four Grade One passes in Applied Mathematics, Biology, Pure Mathematics, Communication Studies, and a Grade Two in Chemistry.

Notable performances also came from Joshua Francis who received four Grade ‘s1 in Applied Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Pure Mathematics and a Grade Two in Communication Studies, Terrique Raeburn who received three Grade One’s in Applied Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry and two Grade Two’s in Pure Mathematics and Communication Studies.

Additionally, the Unit 1 results showed Eryn Williams obtaining two Grade 1’s in Applied Mathematics and Pure Mathematics and two Grade 2’s in Chemistry and Communication Studies while Jayde Philbert received a Grade One pass in Biology, and four Grade 2’s in Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Pure Mathematics and Communication Studies.

Jason Phillip has topped the Unit 2 examinations, obtaining five Grade One’s in Applied Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Pure Mathematics, Caribbean Studies, and a Grade two in Accounting.

Timara Bubb was also a top performer as he received five Grade One’s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Pure Mathematics, and Caribbean Studies.

Toya Ameda obtained five Grade One’s in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Pure Mathematics and Caribbean Studies.

Another student, Sydni Walker got four Grade One’s in History, Law, Sociology and Caribbean Studies while Trevon St. Bernard had three Grade One’s in French, Law, Caribbean Studies, and one Grade two in History.

Despite those individual performances, TAMCC has recorded a decrease in the pass rate for 2018 as the overall pass rate was 83.25% as compared to 86.15% in 2017.

The Acting Registrar pointed out that CAPE Unit 1 results showed an 80% pass rate with a total of 56 Grade One’s from 19 subject areas, compared to 60 Grade One’s in 12 subject areas in 2017.

Bowen-Neptune explained that Grade One’s were obtained in Applied Mathematics, Biology, Caribbean Studies, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Economics, Law, Management of Business, Physics, Pure Mathematics and Sociology.

She said that the best subject performances in the 2018 Unit 1 CAPE examinations were in Applied Mathematics with 100% pass, French (100% pass), English Literature and Spanish with 100% passes, Sociology (96.67% pass), Caribbean Studies (94.12% pass), Law with 92.31% pass and Geography (91.67%).

There was also a drop in performances in the CAPE Unit 2 examinations as TAMCC saw an 88.39% overall pass rate as compared to 91.20% in 2017.

Fifty-four Grade One’s were achieved in 18 subject areas compared to sixty-three Grade One’s in 10 subject areas in 2017.

The Grade One’s were achieved in Accounting, Applied Mathematics, Art and Design, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, French Geography, History, Law, Physics, Pure Mathematic and Sociology while a 100% pass rate was obtained in Applied Mathematics, Art & Design, Entrepreneurship, French, Law, Literatures in English, Sociology and Spanish.

The TAMCC Carriacou Campus recorded an overall pass rate of 90% for 2018 up from 81% in 2017.

CAPE Unit 1 on the sister isle recorded 100% passes in Caribbean Studies, Entrepreneurship and Sociology while CAPE Unit 2 recorded 100% passes in Economics, Entrepreneurship and Sociology.

The best performing student for CAPE Unit 1 at the Carriacou Campus was Rita Noel who obtained a Grade Two in Environmental Science and Grade Three in Management of Business.

Bowen-Neptune attributed the decrease in performance for Grenada to the reduced number of students writing the examinations.

She said: “In the percentages you have to look at the entries because the more entries you have it will affect the percentage. You would also find that less and less students are signing up for the CAPE and the reason for that is that CAPE in addition to their yearly fee at the college and sometimes it’s a challenge for the students to come up with the monies for CAPE and then you have to come up with the money for your yearly fees and your regular day to day expenses as well”.

According to the Acting Registrar, the college often advises students to write the CAPE examinations because it puts them at a competitive edge when applying to certain universities but “at the same time some of them don’t have the money, so, we’re noticing that the students depending on where they want to study, they sometimes get by with the transfer credits to the universities in the United States…”.

She said that while this would help them, “we encourage them to write the CAPE, but it’s a financial decision that families will have to make”.

The registrar added that although the government provides assistance to students who cannot afford to pay to write the examinations, the college will have to look at additional means to help them in that regard.

“For one, we give them a letter to take to the government, let them know that the student will be writing the CAPE and they do assist. Then we have the Department of Student Affairs, they have a fund for students who are really in need. The writing of CAPE, financially, we don’t have much to do with it per se because the students pay the Government of Grenada, they don’t pay TAMCC. It’s something that we are looking into in terms of the students paying for the CAPE subjects. We want all the students, as much students to write the CAPE because the island scholar comes directly from your CAPE results…”, she said.

“There are some considerations for the TAMCC Associate Degree but for you to get the island scholar with the exception of the technical programmes, you can’t get it if you do not have the CAPE subjects to back you up. You’re talking about $65,000 and that is a lot of money to be island scholar. So, that’s a lot of money if you choose not to or if a parent can’t afford to pay, so yes, we are going to look into how we can assist the students in getting the money to fund CAPE but at the same time we can’t help everybody. If there are any donors out there who would like to help the students…come on board and help them because we find that they are very brilliant students who are not reflected in our statistics,” she remarked.

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