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  • Primary Six National Examination Results 2016 - AN OVERVIEW

    This article is within the context of the President Faure's call for good governance, accountability and transparency in all ministries and governmental organisations and Minister Morgan's address to Heads of educational institutions on Thursday 12th January 2017 whereby he announced that as of this year, we would publish results of examinations in order to have more transparency and accountability. 


    The main objectives of P6 National Examinations are to:

    a)    assess the level of attainment/achievement of learning targets in the examinable subjects at the end of the Primary Cycle of education;

    b)    provide a baseline for the design and improvement of learning programmes for both the Primary and Secondary Cycles of education;


    The Primary Six population for all state primary schools for 2016 was 1386 students.  The information provided below represents:

          i.        The Grading system being used in the Primary Six National Examinations;

         ii.        The National Means for the six examined subjects (English, French, Creole, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies) and individual schools' performance against the national means;

        iii.        Pass Rate by subject for 2015 and 2016;

       iv.        Grade Distribution by subject for 2015 and 2016;

        v.        The grades obtained per school per subject compared to the Medium Term Strategic Plan 2013-17 and Beyond (MTS) target of 50% C or better.

    Table 1:  The Grading System

    GradeMark RangeDescription
    A*90-100Outstanding performances on all learning outcomes
    A80-89Excellent performances on all learning outcomes
    B70-79High performances on the majority of learning outcomes, meeting most assessment requirements
    D50-59Satisfactory performance on the majority of learning outcomes
    E40-49Performance at the minimum acceptable level. Some learning outcomes met
    F30-39Performance barely meets assessment requirements
    G20-29Low performance on the majority of learning outcomes
    U0-19Ungraded. Substandard performance


    Table 2: Category of Grade Distributions by subject for 2015 and 2016

    SubjectA* - CD - GU
    Social Studies29%26%60%61%11%14%

    NB: The MTS 2013-17 baseline for grade C or better is 50% for all the examinable subjects


    Table 3: Total Pass Rate by subject

    Social Studies91%84%




    Grades C and above

    All schools have had increases in the grades A* to C last year, except for Au Cap, Baie Ste Anne and La Digue as illustrated in the table below.  


    Table 4: Grades C and above by school

     A* - C
    No.School (in Alphabetical order)20152016increased by
    1.Anse Aux Pins21%28%7%
    2.Anse Boileau24%37%13%
    3.Anse Etoile32%56%24%
    4.Anse Royale27%39%12%
    5.Au Cap28%28%-
    6.Baie Lazare28%50%22%
    7.Baie Ste Anne32%28%decreased by 4%
    8.Beau Vallon25%34%9%
    9.Bel Eau41%45%4%
    10.Bel Ombre30%50%20%
    13.Grand Anse Mahé22%42%20%
    14.Grand Anse Praslin15%28%13%
    15.La Digue34%31%decreased by 3%
    16.La Misère29%39%10%
    17.La Retraite21%30%9%
    18.La Rosière22%28%6%
    19.Mont Fleuri22%29%7%
    22.Pointe Larue17%19%2%
    23.Port Glaud13%40%27%


    Five schools had increases in their C and above grades in 2016.  These schools are Au Cap, Bel Eau, Bel Ombre, Beau Vallon and Perseverance.

    Four schools reached the Medium Term Strategic Plan 2013-17 target of 50% grade 'C" or better. These schools are Anse Etoile, Baie Lazare, Bel Ombre and Takamaka.



    It is also worth noting that some schools faced various challenges that might have impacted on the students' performance.  Some of these challenges were school-based as well as home –based and other social issues.


    Compared to 2015, 2016 has seen an improvement in students' performance for almost all of the Primary schools and every effort will be made to sustain and enhance this improvement in 2017 and beyond.


    The Ministry remains committed to improving the quality of education and the performance of all students.  To be more successful in this endeavor, it will continue to depend on the collaborative efforts, commitment and support of all its partners.