The 2012 examination results for Year 12 students have achieved a new national high.
Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler said that in 2012, 49 per cent of Year 12 students, or 168 pupils, leaving the government system achieved five or more Level 2 passes (O’ Level equivalent at A* to C at GCSE/IGCSEA or I to III), compared with 45 per cent last year and 27 per cent five years ago.
In 2007, 88 students reached that level and the numbers have grown steadily since, with a significant leap in 2009, when numbers first exceeded 100 students.
Year 12 students at the Laymen E. Scott Senior High School in Cayman Brac continued to outperform the national average, with 70 per cent achieving five Level 2 passes, compared to 65 per cent last year.
“It’s important to look back to where we have come from, to appreciate the value of what has been achieved over the last few years,” said Ms Wahler. “It is exciting to see more and more of our students realising their potential and achieving high standards, gaining the sorts of qualifications that will open the door to scholarships and access to higher education.”
Education Minister Rolston Anglin welcomed the results, saying: “I am delighted that our children continue to improve and take advantage of their opportunities. We are not yet where we want to be but we are certainly moving in the right direction. Our children are capable of the highest levels of success; we have to really believe it, help them and their families believe it and then provide the right policies, systems and support to help them soar.”
The minister said national campaigns had been conducted to implement policies tackling issues such as the large number of students entered for a few or lower level examinations. “Adding academic criteria for graduation has sent a strong message to students and parents that achievement matters. The Further Education Centre and the opportunities it provides for re-sits and new examinations, has also made a tremendous difference,” he said. “In addition, CIFEC continues to offer a greater challenge for our most academically able students, who have entered UCCI or A Level programmes one year early and have excelled.”
“We all owe a great debt of gratitude to the principals of our high schools and other senior managers and teachers,” he said.