The third cohort of local Grade Six students sitting the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment CPEA will be examined this Friday May 20th at seventeen centres across the country. A release from the Ministry of Education says one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one students have been registered for the CPEA. This comprises 877 females and 914 males.
The CPEA is an examination administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council for students exiting the primary cycle of their education.
The students will sit multiple choice papers in Mathematics, English and Science as the final component of the CPEA. The multiple choice component of the assessment will comprise 60-percent of their final score. Each multiple choice paper consists of fifty items and the time allocated per paper is one hour and fifteen minutes.
The Ministry says the students have all completed the first part of their assessment. The internal assessment of School-Based Assessment, the scores and the samples of their work have been forwarded to and received by the Caribbean Examinations Council. This internal assessment contributes 40-percent of their final score.
During the month of March, Education officers conducted the final quality assurance assessment of students work and of their Teachers’ scoring, in order to ensure that the quality standards demanded were met.
The overall pass rate for the CPEA in 2015 was 80.90-percent. The pass rate for boys was 73,31-percent and the 88.60-percent for girls. All students who sat the exam in 2015 were placed into Secondary Schools, in keeping with the policy of Universal Access to Secondary Education.
The results of the CPEA are expected to be published in June, and the Ministry of Education says it will conduct the Secondary School placement exercise as usual.