Ministry of Education, Guyana

Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:11





In 2013, there was an increase in the number of candidates who wrote the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examination; as well as the number of subject entries. The statistics which follow reflect the performance of both public and private school candidates. It must be noted that the private candidates amounted to approximately 38% of the total entries.

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Candidate Entries:

2011 2012 2013
Public 8166 8530 8563
Private 4565 5348 5091
Total 12731 13878 13654


Subject Entries:

2011 - 70781

2012  - 77108

2013 - 77920

Gender Analysis of Candidate Entries

Male  - 5005

Female  - 8649

Total - 13654


Analysis of Results

The analysis of the 2013 CSEC results revealed that the overall pass rate at the General and Technical proficiencies for Grade One to Three was 59.31% as opposed to 58.69% in 2012. The overall 2013 Grade One to Grade Four pass rate was 80.92%.

These rates compared with last year, indicate an increase in the Grade One to Three and Grade One to Four passes.

Candidates from Guyana wrote thirty-four (34) subjects at the examination.

Of these subjects the results indicated excellent performances in fifteen (15) subjects where the Grade One to Three passes exceeded seventy five percent (75%). The fifteen subjects are: Agriculture Science (DA), Agriculture Science (SA), Economics, Food & Nutrition, French, Information Technology, Integrated Science, Religious Education, Theatre Arts, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Physical Education & Sport, Additional Mathematics, Building Technology (Const.), Building Technology (Woods) and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

Satisfactory performances were recorded in sixteen (16) subjects where the Grades One to Three passes exceeded fifty percent (50%) while Grades One to Four passes were in excess of seventy five percent (75%): Biology, Caribbean History, Chemistry, English B, Geography, Home Economics, Office Administration, Physics, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Social Studies, Spanish, Technical Drawing, Visual Arts, Human and Social Biology, and Electrical & Electronic Technology.
The overall performances in four (4) subjects were unsatisfactory. The Grades One to Three passes in these subjects were less than fifty percent (50%). These subjects are English A 45.69% (37.02% in 2012), Mathematics 28.92% (29.69% in 2012) and Clothing and Textiles 47.11%.

In Mathematics, there was a slight decline in the Grades One to Three passes; from 30.35 in 2011 and 29.69% in 2012 to 28.92 in 2013. Performance in English B improved from 59.72% in 2011 and 56.5% in 2012 to 61.06 in 2013 (Grades One to Three). Grades One to Three pass rate in English A improved from 37.02% in 2012 to 45.69% in 2013.

Additional Mathematics which was written for the first time in 2012 and had a pass percentage of 58.33% improved to 80.83% in 2013.

Excellent performances were recorded in Agriculture Science (DA & SA) and Integrated Science. Improvements were recorded in Biology and Chemistry compared to the 2012 performance. Grade One to Three performances in Physics declined from 68.69% in 2012 to 54.38% in 2013.
The Grade One to Three performances in Human and Social Biology improved from 55.84% in 2012 to 61.38% in 2013.

In the Business Education subjects – the performance in Office Administration, Principles of Accounts and Principles of Business could be described as satisfactory. However, it should be noted that Information Technology (General) once again recorded an excellent performance this year 75.58%, while Principles of Accounts improved from 53.74% in 2012 to 71.95% in 2013.

In the Home Economics subjects, the pass rate in Food & Nutrition was 80.94, while Home Economic Management declined from 82.83% in 2012 to 73.01% in 2013. Clothing & Textiles showed a significant decline in performance from 76.63% in 2012 to 47.11% in 2013.

In the Industrial Technology subjects – Building Technology (Const) and Building Technology (Woods) recorded improvements in performance in the Grade One to Three passes, with the latter improving from 63.37% to 81.08%. Performance in Mechanical Engineering Technology remained relatively constant.

In the Modern Languages subjects – French and Spanish recorded excellent and satisfactory performances respectively.

Excellent performances were recorded in Theatre Arts and Physical Education & Sports with Grade One to Three passes over 75%.

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