BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Aug 12– The Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Monday said that overall performance at the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) has reached the 90 per cent mark for the first time in six years.
It said this year, 90.15 per cent of the Unit entries achieved Grades I – V, which are the acceptable grades at CAPE, noting that in the last five years the percentage of entries achieving acceptable Grades remained steady at 89 per cent.
But CXC said the growth of CAPE slowed this year for both candidate entries and unit entries. It said the number of candidates entered for CAPE stood at 28, 228, an increase of 185 candidates compared with 2012.
The number of unit entries submitted increased, but marginally; this year 109, 659 unit entries were submitted compared with 108, 379 last year, an increase of 1280 entries.
“Of the 28, 228 candidates taking CAPE, 62 per cent are female and 38 per cent male. The majority, 43 per cent are 18-years old, 33 per cent are 19-years and older and 21 per cent are 17-years old.”
CXC said that this year, 13.77 per cent of Unit entries achieved Grade I; 19.03 per cent achieved Grade II; 22.20 per cent achieved Grade III; 19.49 per cent achieved Grade IV and 15.67 per cent achieved Grade V.
The Barbados-based regional examination council said performance improved on 19 Units, remained steady on 10 and declined on 17 Units. (2013)
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