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