Essequibo duo tops CSEC

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Top Student: Zimeena Rasheed
Top Student: Zimeena Rasheed

Zimeena Rasheed has emerged as the top student in the country for the CSEC examinations.

The young woman attends the Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary School, and gained 18 grade ones and two grade twos. The second top student is Yogeeta Persaud with 18 Ones, also from the Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary School.

Below is the list of other top students:

3. Queen’s College Phillipe Walker 16 Ones 1 two

Queen’s College Akeila Wiltshire 16 Ones 1 two

5. Queen’s College Cecil Cox 16 Ones

6. Queen’s College Akash Jairam15 Ones/2 twos/1 three

7. Queen’s College Sharmila Ramlall 15 Ones 2 twos

8. Queen’s College Shahrazaad Khan 15 Ones 1 two

St. Rose’s High Crystal Nelson 15 Ones 1 two

10. Saraswati Vidya Niketan Parmeshivanie Seodat 15 Ones

Saraswati Vidya Niketan Rafena Mustapha 15 Ones

12. Anna Regina Sec Teakaram Singh 14 Ones 1 two

Queen;s College Nabeeha Ali 14 Ones 1 two

Queen’s College Kezia Daniels 14 Ones 1 two

ISA Islamic Academy Fatima Haniff 14 Ones 1 two

Saraswati Vidya Niketan Anuradha Sookdeo 14 Ones 1 two

Saraswati Vidya Niketan Romini Sukhal 14 Ones 1 two

The Country's two CSEC Top Students: Zimeena Rasheed and Yogeeta Persaud. [Esan Griffith Photo]
The Country’s two CSEC Top Students: Zimeena Rasheed and Yogeeta Persaud. [Esan Griffith Photo]
In 2013, there was an increase in the number of candidates who wrote the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examination; as well as the number of subject entries.

The Ministry noted that the private candidates amounted to approximately 38% of the total entries.

The analysis of the 2013 CSEC results revealed that the overall pass rate at the General and Technical proficiencies for Grade One to Three was 59.31% as opposed to 58.69% in 2012. The overall 2013 Grade One to Grade Four pass rate was 80.92%.

These rates compared with last year, indicate an increase in the Grade One to Three and Grade One to Four passes. Results indicate excellent performances in fifteen (15) subjects where the Grade One to Three passes exceeded seventy five percent (75%).

The fifteen subjects are: Agriculture Science (DA), Agriculture Science (SA), Economics, Food & Nutrition, French, Information Technology, Integrated Science, Religious Education, Theatre Arts, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Physical Education & Sport, Additional Mathematics, Building Technology (Const.), Building Technology (Woods) and Mechanical Engineering Technology.

In Mathematics, there was a slight decline in the Grades One to Three passes; from 30.35 in 2011 and 29.69% in 2012 to 28.92 in 2013. Performance in English B improved from 59.72% in 2011 and 56.5% in 2012 to 61.06 in 2013 (Grades One to Three).

Grades One to Three pass rate in English A improved from 37.02% in 2012 to 45.69% in 2013.

Candidates from Guyana wrote thirty-four (34) subjects at the examination.  Additional Mathematics which was written for the first time in 2012 and had a pass percentage of 58.33% improved to 80.83% in 2013.

In response to request for the list of persons who have secured Grade One passes in eight or more subjects, there is a list of two hundred and thirty-one (231) candidates, compared to one hundred and seventy five (175) in 2012.

Of these, sixty-nine (69) students secured 11 Grade Ones or more as opposed to forty (40) in 2012. In the Business Education subjects – the performance in Office Administration, Principles of Accounts and Principles of Business could be described as satisfactory.

However, it should be noted that Information Technology (General) once again recorded an excellent performance this year 75.58%, while Principles of Accounts improved from 53.74% in 2012 to 71.95% in 2013.

In the Home Economics subjects, the pass rate in Food & Nutrition was 80.94, while Home Economic Management declined from 82.83% in 2012 to 73.01% in 2013. Clothing & Textiles showed a significant decline in performance from 76.63% in 2012 to 47.11% in 2013.

In the Industrial Technology subjects – Building Technology (Const) and Building Technology (Woods) recorded improvements in performance in the Grade One to Three passes, with the latter improving from 63.37% to 81.08%. Performance in Mechanical Engineering Technology remained relatively constant.

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