Performance in Common Entrance mathematics continues to decline

Performance in Common Entrance mathematics continues to decline

Students recorded increased performances in English language and general paper and a decline in mathematics, the Ministry of Education has revealed in the 2013 Common Entrance Examination results.

Stats show that English language recorded a performance of 62.91 percent this year compared to 55.49 in 2012 and 58.16 in 2011.

General paper recorded 64.02 percent – the highest national mean in this year’s examination – compared to 61.52 in 2012 and 66.08 in 2011.

For the third straight year, Mathematics continues to show a decline in performance with this year being the worst: 56.82 percent compared to 60.11 in 2012 and 60.96 in 2011.

Other stats reveal:

* In English language and general paper, all components recorded a mean of over 50 percent.

* In Mathematics, all areas with the exception of ‘mathematics problems – part 2’ recorded a mean of over 50 percent.

* Overall, the highest mean of 78.4 percent was recorded in punctuation whilst the lowest mean of 37 percent was recorded in mathematics problems – part 2.

Meanwhile, the ministry said of the 2,657 candidates who sat the exams, 1,347 were female and 1,310 were male. Of these, 2,551 candidates were assigned to the 23 secondary schools; 106 candidates were unassigned.

The scores ranged from 14 percent to 98 percent, the ministry stated.

Other stats revealed:

* The national mean was 61.25, representing a slight increase of 2.21 percent compared to the 2012 national mean of 59.04 percent.

* 1,436 or 54.05 percent of the candidates scored at or above the national mean, while 1,221 scored below the mean.


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  1. The students did a very good job i was one o the students who wrote the exam it was very easy i got 88.67 Percent and passed 4 saint marys college


  2. All hail universal secondary education. The children know that they will get a place no matter what, so why bother!


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