PRIME MINISTER CONGRATULATES COMMON ENTRANCE STUDENTS
Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, has extended congratulations to the students and schools who excelled in this year's Common Entrance Examination (CEE).
The results of the Common Entrance were published on Monday, July 7, 2015 by the Ministry of Education. Ariel Albert of Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary was the top student and achieved a score of 96.67%. The Montessori Centre was the top private school and Piaye Combined was the top primary school.
According to the Prime Minister, "This is a week of celebration for many households and schools and an exciting time for those receiving their results. I wish to commend our students, their dedicated teachers, parents and wider families for their achievements. Our top achiever, Miss Albert, and the children of Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary, are deserving of our applause. I also wish to recognize, in a special way, the students and teachers of the Piaye Combined School. This is a great performance for a small school in the south. This achievement emphasizes that with good leadership all schools have the potential to excel.”
He added, “It is noteworthy that our students have attained the highest scores ever in Mathematics and English. This may well suggest that investments in education are bearing fruit."
According to the Prime Minister, whereas all students are guaranteed a place in a secondary school, their desire to excel and achieve their best scores have not dwindled.
The Prime Minister said,"There is less anxiety surrounding the Common Entrance results since the advent of Universal Secondary Education. However, the excitement is still there. I have seen celebrations at schools, in communities and on social media, as our children have made their parents proud.
“Thankfully, over 99% of our students will be assigned to secondary schools. I am also pleased that we are beginning to see the positive results of the Partial Zoning Policy, as most students chose schools within their districts as their first option. This shows confidence in the quality of education afforded at our schools.”
The Prime Minister urged all students to continue to strive for excellence. He said, "I say to our students, who will be entering Form One in September, this is just the beginning of your journey. There are great things ahead of you. Apply yourself, and there is no limit to what you can achieve."
The Ministry of Education disclosed that 2,372 candidates were processed for the 2015 CEE. The Ministry also reported that the national mean was 63.78%, an increase of 2.88% over 2014. An estimated 1,292 or 54.47% of the candidates scored at or above the national mean. Of the students who wrote this year's CEE, 2,359 were assigned to secondary schools.