Baptist Academy’s Syreba Cornelius tops Common Entrance

Syreba Cornelius of Baptist Academy was yesterday announced as the top student in the island’s 2010 Common Entrance Examinations with a score of 365 out of 400.

She is followed by Nicholas Li of St Andrews Primary who placed first among boys and second place overall with a score of 362.

The overall results show significant improvement from 2009.

However, the improved results are in part due to a decision to promote students who pass only two subjects.

Minister of Education Dr Jacqui Quinn-Leandro said that for the first time, students who pass mathematics and language arts are getting a place.

“It was the view of many technical officers in the ministry that students who passed both language arts and mathematics should not be kept back.

“The inclusion of such students helped to increase the number of overall successful students and the successful passes as well,” Quinn-Leandro said.

In previous years, students were also required to pass either science or social studies.

The Ministry of Education hailed this year’s Common Entrance results as a success story as evidenced by a 10 per cent leap in the overall pass rate.

The jump means that 1,362, or 82.2 per cent or the students, out of the 1,681 who sat the exam will be able to begin their secondary education come September. While it also means that just short of 300 students failed the exam, the numbers offer a positive contrast to the almost 450 that did not make the grade in 2009.

Many of the students who fell short will have a chance to try again next year including around 100 who failed for the second time.

Those who won’t get another shot though include at least 14 students who failed for the third time.

They will be asked to move on to vocational and technical training at Antigua & Barbuda Institute of Continuing Education (ABICE) or National Technical Training Centre (NTTC).

The chief push behind the improved results came from the usually poor performing government schools that succeeded in closing the gap on their private counterparts.

The pass rate at the public schools hiked by an impressive 15 per cent, from a meager 60 per cent in 2009, to the more impressive 74.6 per cent this year.

Private schools also upped their already strong performance as they moved from a rate of 86 per cent passes in 2009 to a 91.6 per cent pass rate.

The state run schools also improved their showing in the top 100 positions from 13 to 20 this year.

However, the private schools maintained their dominance of the list with 87 of their students featured.

Another important disclosure is the increased performance of boys relative to girls.

While the girls once again outperformed the boys, a greater number of boys featured in the top 100 positions.

The increase is partly due to an expansion in the list, which now records the top 100 positions rather than the top 100 students.

Forty-four males made the coveted list this year compared to just 32 in 2009. It compares with 63 girls this year and 62 in 2009.

In all, more than one in five boys still failed the exam compared to one in almost every eight girls showing that boys still have a way to go.

Meanwhile, just 200 of the 307 students who took the Junior Secondary Examinations passed and will be eligible to begin secondary schools in September.

The pass rate of 65.1 per cent represents an improvement of just half of a percent on the previous year.

The hundred plus students who failed the exam will have a chance to re-sit in 2011 unless they are over the age of 16 or failing for the third time in which case, they will move on to either ABICE or NTTC.

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22 thoughts on “Baptist Academy’s Syreba Cornelius tops Common Entrance

  1. my child sat the common entrance and did well although she did not place in the top hundred. question i would like to know why they did not publish the total list instead of just the top 100. they all did well you know

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  2. Well said Claudette. there can be NO COMPARISON to last year’s results since the judging criteria has ultimately changed.

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  3. BIG UP T.N. KIRNON 24 OUT OF 25….. 96% PASS IN COMMON ENTRANCE EXAMINATION.

    20 OUT OF 22 …. 91% PASS JUNIOR SECONDARY EXAMINATION.
    WELL DONE STAFF, STUDENTS AND PARENTS

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  4. Bigging up my goverment schools. We may not have the resources like the private schools but you still did good and Jacqui you need to big up your own.Everything for you is comparing the private and goverment schools. The differnce between them are the text books that they use. Some private school uses advance text book. Goverment use text books that i used in when I as in primary school years ago

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  5. I love my Antigua July 21, 2010 at 22:13 - Reply

    Mary, I agree with you totally, well put. Parents we need a wake-up call our children are beckoning for our help. Don’t wait too late, our children need us now, to sit with them, review classwork, a partner tp study with. Share not only in the successes of our children but be there for a helping hand if they falter.

    Congrats to all the students, remember the course has just begun.

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  6. The private institutions will always do better because if the child is a duncy head, they kick him/her out. They don’t want him/her messing up their statistics. When those duncy heads are kicked out where do they find themselves? In the Government system because they MUST get an education. Another thing, I hate saying it but it’s true; when we get something free we do not appreciate it; when we have to pay for it we appreciate it more. You will find both parents and children are more co-operative with private institutions than with government. We all have this syndrome that it’s government so we can do as we like. Some teachers stroll in any old time looking any old how; and don’t tell me anything about salary because most of those private institutions salary can’t smell government salary.

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  7. prepare for the exam or the course??? July 21, 2010 at 19:41 - Reply

    there is a big difference when someone studies for a test BUT fails to study the course. hmmmmm

    please look carefully at students who gain high marks in TESTS/EXAMS but stange marks when ready for the course work, not bringing down our students but i have found and you can contact any secondary school that students who seem to pass comman entrances especially at high rate have difficulty applying themselves in the secondary course works. again i am not bringing down our students for excelling but it seems that there are schools on the island preparing students to pass a TEST/EXAM but not preparing them for the course.
    check it out, ask the secondary school teachers.

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  8. I am very upset when the Ministry is big up the prvate as oppose to the thier own goverment schools. Guess what these private schools get the tools and equiment nescessary to help thier children pass unlike the goverment

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  9. Nicholas, congrats to you- keep up the good work. Big up your parents too. It is also true that while we spend time cursing the non-nationals, their children are detemined to do well.

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  10. Teacher for life July 21, 2010 at 13:09 - Reply

    When it comes to education, the #1 persons with the concern should be the parents, secondly the one being educated, thirdly the government and last but by no means the least the community/country. By this I mean parents are fully responsible for educating their children, then the one being educated is responsible for all the information he/she get and to make the best use of the information. The government is responsible for providing the necessary tools, equipment, and what ever necessary each child needs to maximaze his or her potential and then the community/country to provide jobs and help to bring out the best in each person.
    We all need to be more vigilant in making sure our young Antiguans and Barbudans excell to the level that they are able to compete any where in this world. Let us not blame each other, we just need to see and acknowledge where we have faultered and strive for excellence in all that we do, to be better and well rounded individuals.
    I therefore say congratulations to the parents who worked with their children, to each child who worked hard for this success, to the teachers and ministry of education for doing your part and to the community in which each child resides. All the very best.

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  11. I am happy to hear the results. Congrats to Devin Laurent of the Golden Grove School. Devin Laurent is a receipient of the Lions club Bursary Educational program. This program assist students with after classes at the expense of the club. We congratualte him and thanks the teachers and also the parents. Alot of these children don’t always have the opportunity, but when they get the chance they do their very best. Congrats to all students who passed this year.

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  12. All in All the parents need to encourage their children to make the most of their education and not the material things in life. My hats off to the Minister for stirring up the education system. Teachers must be trained and held accountable, they’ve become too lax. As a trained teacher I know what it is like to be able to impart my knowledge with confidence and love.
    Congratulations to all the sucessful students and may you go forward with the same drive to acheive great heights. God’s blessing he may bestow.

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  13. Job well done Syreba! Great performance is worth recognition.
    Now only if the Government schools could perform at a higher level Antigua would be at a better place with regards to education. This is not directed to the children who try their very best to be successful, but rather to the Ministry responsible for “getting it right”. Take a page out of the books of these private institutions – what will it take to pattern the level of success??? I mean out of the top 100 passes, 80% are from private schools..did I hear the Stats right? Come on…and our Min of Edu is proud to report that! you can’t take credit for the private school passes. Restructure and reorganize…develop and improve..the crappy system in place not working! Not everyone has the money for private schools, but we all want to achieve greatly! Put the funds and resources where it belongs…in the youth of Antigua/Barbuda.
    Congratulations to all (government school children especially)who did well despite the challenging circumstunces.

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  14. Antiguan by birth July 21, 2010 at 09:39 - Reply

    Stop cursing the non national, most of their children who born here are in the top hundred. Trust me they will be the leaders of the future.

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  15. paragonplayer4life July 21, 2010 at 09:38 - Reply

    I agree with T.N Kirnon…. tHE PRINCIPAL THERE IS DOING A GREAT JOB AND THE STUDENTS ARE IMPROVING OVERALL….

    bIG UP TO THE PRINCIPAL, TEACHERS, CAFETERIA WORKERS, JANITORS AND THE STUDENTS AT THE T.N. KIRNON SCHOOL

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  16. I wonder who the Ministy is trying to fool…..how can the Ministry report an improved pass rate over last year when the bench mark is different?

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  17. CONGRATULATIONS TO BEVON BENNETT FOR CAPTURING THE NO. 1 POSTION IN THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EXAMINATION. BIG UP T.N. KIRNON. I realises that because its T.N KIRNON SCHOOL THE NEWSPAPER NOT BIGGING YOU UP. I AM ASKING THE NEWSPERPER TO DO AN ARTICLE ON THE JUNIOR SECONDARY EXAM ALSO. THESE JUNIOR SECONDARY STUDENTS NEED MOTIVATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT TOO

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  18. Trying to Understabd July 21, 2010 at 08:31 - Reply

    I would have much prefer if the Minister when comparing statistics eliminate the variables to give a true picture. Now that the bench mark for passing the exam only include Mathematic and English, how can you boast of a 10% increase over last year without telling us how many out of the 1,362 students who passed the exam only pass Mathematics and English. It is that number will justify the “significant improvement from 2009″.

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  19. Concerned Citizen July 21, 2010 at 07:42 - Reply

    65.1% pass rate is no where good enough, we need to do much,much, better.
    Try 80%.

    A mediocre pass rate belies the lax way in which the whole country now operates
    34.9% efficiency.

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