Education Minister, Ronald Jones; Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Senator Harry Husbands; and Chief Education Officer, Karen Best speaking at a press conference today to announces the results of the 2017 Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination. (C.Pitt/BGIS)

Education Minister Ronald Jones is pleased with the improvements seen in Mathematics in this year’s Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination.

Speaking at the Elsie Payne Complex today, he said the National Mean for English was 55, 6.7 per cent more than that for 2016, which stood at 48.3 per cent.

He said performances by males and females both increased. For females, it increased to 58.1 per cent from 51.92 per cent in 2016, and males moved to 51.8 per cent in 2017, up from 44.7 per cent in 2016.

The Minister pointed out that in 2016, 838 or 26.2 per cent of the students scored less than 30 as compared with 987 students or 28 per cent in 2017. Also, 1,154 students or 35.94 per cent scored between 30 and 69 per cent, as opposed to 37.7 per cent in 2016.

It was further noted that 1,223 (38 per cent) students scored in the range of 70 to 100, representing an almost 10 per cent increase over the previous year.

Mr. Jones further stressed that the four boys and nine girls who scored 100 per cent came from across the public and private primary schools.

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