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National summary for CXC CSEC 2019

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CXC Update Changes Previously Released Results Information

The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Religious Affairs hereby informs the general public that the Caribbean Examination’s Council (CXC) detected and corrected an issue with the 2019 CSEC results for a number of centers. This resulted in some adjustments to the Ministry’s published list of top performers, the overall pass rate, and the pass rates for some subjects. This information was emailed to the Ministry of Education from the CXC today (Wednesday 14th August, 2019) after the Ministry officially released the previously provided CSEC results. Further, the CXC informed that the updated results will be released to candidates on August 15th, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.

Be advised that the Ministry has since carefully reviewed and analyzed the modifications and has likewise adjusted the list of the top performers and pass rates where necessary.

The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Religious Affairs sincerely apologizes for any inconveniences caused as a result of this unforeseen circumstance.

Please find attached the updated version of the Press Release.


A total of 2,515 candidates were registered to write CXC (CSEC) examinations in May/June 2019, out of which 1,530 were females and 985 were males.

A total of 1,523 were candidates attending school while 992 were private candidates. There were 11,935 subject entries.

Overall there were 1,564 Grade ones, 3,169 Grade twos, 3,661 Grade threes, 2,101 Grade fours, 738 Grade fives, 27 Grade sixes and 675 ungraded or absent.

The pass rate in the examination in 2019 is 74.54%. An improvement of 5.04% as compared to the pass rate of 70.50% in 2018. In 2017, the pass rate was 67.36%.

The largest entries were in English A (1,592), Mathematics (1,580), Social Studies (752), Principles of Business (649) and Information Technology (519).

The lowest entries were in Music (1), Industrial Technology Mechanical (7), Theatre Arts (18), Additional Mathematics (35), and Religious Education (60).

The subjects with the highest percentage pass were Music (100%), Theatre Arts (100%), Physical Education and Sport (97.56%), Technical Drawing (95.75%), Food, Nutrition and Health (94.47%), Industrial Technology Electrcal (93.85%), Principles of Business (92.77%), Information Technology (92.74%), Industrial Technology Building (91.73%), Agricultural Science (91.56%), and Electronic Documentation Preparation and Management (90.81%).

The subjects with the lowest percentage pass were, Mathematics (38.59%), French (45.21%), and Spanish (52.47%) and Additional Mathematics (54.54%).

Performance in Mathematics remained relatively stable in 2019, against 2018. The percentage pass was 38.57% in 2018 and 38.59% in 2019. Performance in English A, however, improved significantly from to 66.98% pass in 2018 to 78.28% pass in 2019.

Table 1: Comparison of percentage pass rate in Mathematics and English A

Subjects 2017 2018 2019
Grenada Region Grenada Region Grenada Region
% Pass % Pass % Pass
Mathematics 35.61 44.64 38.57 49.0 38.59 46%
English A 56.89 66.99 66.98 67.0 78.28 72%

The top performances in the Examination are placed in descending order of Grade 1.

  • Teja O. Patrice – Hillsborough Secondary School
    Passed: 15           One’s: 14                Two’s: 1
  • Aleisha M. Roberts – St. Joseph’s Convent St. George’s
    Passed: 14           One’s: 14
  • Olivia S. Antoine – St. Joseph’s Convent St. George’s
    Passed: 14           One’s: 14
  • Sarah A. Logie – St. Joseph’s Convent St. George’s
    Passed: 13           One’s: 13
  • Kirla S. John – St. Joseph’s Convent St. George’s
    Passed: 11                 One’s: 10         Two’s: 1
  • Daniel Lyndon Michael Berkley – Westmorland Secondary School
    Passed: 13           One’s: 11         Two’s: 2
  • Breanna J. Salfarlie – St. Joseph’s Convent St. George’s
    Passed: 14           One’s: 10           Two’s: 4
  • Kendra E. John – St. Joseph’s Convent St. George’s
    Passed: 13           One’s:10           Two’s: 2              Three’s: 1
  • Amber Claire Ivana Strachan – Westmorland Secondary School
    Passed: 12              One’s: 10                Two’s: 2
  • Shilony A. Morain – St. Joseph’s Convent St. George’s
    Passed: 13                 One’s: 9               Two’s: 4
  • Chrissel Smith – St. Joseph’s Convent St. George’s
    Passed: 12           One’s: 9               Two’s: 3
  • Shemia N. S. Superville – St. Mark’s Secondary School
    Passed: 12                One’s: 9               Two’s: 3
  • Dorian M. Noel – Presentation Brothers’ College
    Passed: 13            One’s: 9     Two’s: 2     Three’s: 2
  • Maxeen N. Cox – St. Joseph’s Convent St. George’s
    Passed: 11           One’s: 9               Two’s: 2
  • Noah Marcus Lessey – St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School
    Passed: 11           One’s: 9               Two’s: 1              Three’s: 1
  • Donte Kyle Augustine Roberts – St. Andrew’s Anglican Secondary School
    Passed: 11           One’s: 9               Two’s: 1              Three’s: 1
  • Dominique Lian Assing – Westmorland Secondary School
    Passed: 9             One’s: 9

Performances in all of the pure sciences increased marginally in 2019. Chemistry increased by 0.71%. Performance in Physics and Biology increased by 3.22% and 0.88%, respectively. Table 2 shows a comparison of the percentage pass rate in these areas for 2016, 2017 and 2018, against the region’s performance.

Table 2: Comparison of percentage pass rate in the pure Sciences in 2017, 2018 and 2019

 

 

Subject

2017 2018 2019
Grenada Region Grenada Region Grenada Region
Entries % Pass Entries % Pass Entries % Pass
Chemistry 248 57.87 55.19 279 67.91 60.0 241 68.62 68%
Physics 258 68.42 69.19 244 75.10 68.0 232 78.32 68%
Biology 329 71.20 67.89 349 84.61 73.0 314 85.49 73%

NB: The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development and Religious Affairs has not yet received the preliminary slips for individual candidates from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). Therefore, candidates will have to collect individual slips in the next week or two when they are received from the council. However, candidates can access their results electronically from 15 August 2019 between 9 and 11 am.

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57-year-old bodybuilder promotes maintaining a healthy body

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by Curlan Campbell, NOW Grenada

  • 57-year-old bodybuilder Leslie ‘Strongman’ Hutchinson has the physique of a 30-year-old
  • Competed in several bodybuilding competitions without protein powders and other supplements for muscle growth
  • Outfitted his home gym is with equipment made from readily available materials

Although not having the bulging muscles mass in comparison to the likes of local professional bodybuilders Damion Daniel or Hafid Tyrone James, 57-year-old bodybuilder Leslie ‘Strongman’ Hutchinson has the physique of a 30-year-old. He boasts of being able to compete with the best without the use of protein powders and other supplements for muscle growth.

But what’s even more interesting about Hutchinson, who is from the village of Telescope in St Andrew, is that he was able to maintain his daily training and powerlifting regimen and still be the proud father of 22 children with his wife of over 14 years, Delma.

Hutchinson fell in love with bodybuilding in 1983 and has since gone on to partake in several strongman competitions for which he has trophies and medals to show, despite not being able to afford the expertise of local trainers or specialised professional equipment. Hutchinson did not allow this to stop him and constructed his personal home gym outfitted with equipment made using readily available materials.

In his middle age years, Hutchinson was witnessed bench pressing upwards of 300 lbs, curling dumbbells weighing 100 lbs and leg pressing over 500 lbs. He said, “I still keep the discipline and principle of bodybuilding and I all the time tell guys that a gym is no place for jokers and idlers because when it comes to the gym it is serious business.”

He admitted that bodybuilding was an escape from the temptation of overindulging in alcohol which was and still is quite prevalent within the community. “The time I go and sit down by the block and drink rum with friends, the same friend who may turn around and burst my head after I had the rum with him, I should go to the gym. So when I to the gym and train when 10 pm all rum shops close and in doing so my friends hardly seeing me, because every evening after I finish work, I head straight to the gym,” he said.

Image of bodybuilder Leslie ‘Strongman’ Hutchinson training in the early 90s at his home gym.

During the span of his passion, Hutchinson competed in several bodybuilding competitions including placing 1st in the Return of Legion in heavyweight category; 1st in Mr Grenada Middleweight category in 2009; 2nd place in the St Andrew’s South West Father’s Day Best Talent Competition and 2nd place in Grenada Olympia Clash of the Titans 2015 Lightweight category. While most bodybuilders garner sponsors to assist in preparation for the competitions, Hutchinson said his wife Delma, has been his main supporter and sponsor since as a poor man he is unable to afford the luxuries afforded to bodybuilders who can get cooperate sponsorship. He constantly speaks of being in good health which he attributes to eating healthy foods especially ground provisions in small portions. He also frowns upon the use of supplements to promote muscle growth.

“On mornings, I get a cup of black sage water and roast fig with a tip of salt and I am good for the day. I eat a lot of green fig, yam, breadfruit and tannia. I would tell bodybuilders to eat natural and stay healthy like me. I will have 2 eggs for the morning maybe once a week because I am a poor man and I have never gotten any sponsors. If I need any sponsor I have to call on my wife and I all-time say to her we are not begging anybody, what little we have we will make it do.”

Hutchinson who weighs 170 lbs is closely approaching his 58th birthday and still manages to spend up to 3 hours in his gym every evening while maintaining a full-time job as a security guard for Gravel and Concrete Production Corporation.

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World failing to provide children with a healthy life and a climate fit for their future: WHO-UNICEF-Lancet

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As climate and commercial threats intensify, WHO-UNICEF-Lancet Commission presses for radical rethink on child health

No single country is adequately protecting children’s health, their environment and their futures, finds a landmark report released today by a Commission of over 40 child and adolescent health experts from around the world. The Commission was convened by the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and The Lancet. 

The report, A Future for the World’s Children?, finds that the health and future of every child and adolescent worldwide is under immediate threat from ecological degradation, climate change and exploitative marketing practices that push heavily processed fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco at children. 

“Despite improvements in child and adolescent health over the past 20 years, progress has stalled, and is set to reverse,” said former Prime Minister of New Zealand and Co-Chair of the Commission, Helen Clark. “It has been estimated that around 250 million children under five years old in low- and middle-income countries are at risk of not reaching their developmental potential, based on proxy measures of stunting and poverty. But of even greater concern, every child worldwide now faces existential threats from climate change and commercial pressures.

“Countries need to overhaul their approach to child and adolescent health, to ensure that we not only look after our children today but protect the world they will inherit in the future,” she added.

Intensifying climate change threatens every child’s future

The report includes a new global index of 180 countries, comparing performance on child flourishing, including measures of child survival and well-being, such as health, education, and nutrition; sustainability, with a proxy for greenhouse gas emissions, and equity, or income gaps. [Top & Bottom 10 countries; Full Global Index on pp. 35-38] [1]

According to the report, while the poorest countries need to do more to support their children’s ability to live healthy lives, excessive carbon emissions – disproportionately from wealthier countries –  threaten the future of all children. If global warming exceeds 4°C by the year 2100 in line with current projections, this would lead to devastating health consequences for children, due to rising ocean levels, heatwaves, proliferation of diseases like malaria and dengue, and malnutrition. 

The index shows that children in Norway, the Republic of Korea, and the Netherlands have the best chance at survival and well-being, while children in Central African Republic, Chad, Somalia, Niger and Mali face the worst odds. However, when authors took per capita CO2 emissions into account, the top countries trail behind: Norway ranked 156, the Republic of Korea 166, and the Netherlands 160. Each of the three emits 210% more CO2 per capita than their 2030 target. The United States of America (USA), Australia, and Saudi Arabia are among the ten worst emitters.  

“More than 2 billion people live in countries where development is hampered by humanitarian crises, conflicts, and natural disasters, problems increasingly linked with climate change,” said Minister Awa Coll-Seck from Senegal, Co-Chair of the Commission. “While some of the poorest countries have among the lowest CO2 emissions, many are exposed to the harshest impacts of a rapidly changing climate. Promoting better conditions today for children to survive and thrive nationally does not have to come at the cost of eroding children’s futures globally.”    

The only countries on track to beat CO2 emission per capita targets by 2030, while also performing fairly (within the top 70) on child flourishing measures are: Albania, Armenia, Grenada, Jordan, Moldova, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Uruguay and Viet Nam.

Harmful commercial marketing preys on children – with childhood obesity increasing 11-fold

The report also highlights the distinct threat posed to children from harmful marketing. Evidence suggests that children in some countries see as many as 30,000 advertisements on television alone in a single year, while youth exposure to vaping (e-cigarettes) advertisements increased by more than 250% in the USA over two years, reaching more than 24 million young people. 

Professor Anthony Costello, one of the Commission’s authors, said: “Industry self-regulation has failed. Studies in Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the USA – among many others – have shown that self-regulation has not hampered commercial ability to advertise to children. For example, despite industry signing up to self-regulation in Australia, children and adolescent viewers were still exposed to 51 million alcohol ads during just one year of televised football, cricket and rugby. And the reality could be much worse still: we have few facts and figures about the huge expansion of social media advertising and algorithms aimed at our children.”

Children’s exposure to commercial marketing of junk food and sugary beverages is associated with purchase of unhealthy foods and overweight and obesity, linking predatory marketing to the alarming rise in childhood obesity. The number of obese children and adolescents increased from 11 million in 1975 to 124 million in 2016 – an 11-fold increase, with dire individual and societal costs.

A manifesto for immediate action on child and adolescent healt

To protect children, the independent Commission authors call for a new global movement driven by and for children. Specific recommendations include:

  1. Stop CO2 emissions with the utmost urgency, to ensure children have a future on this planet;
  2. Place children and adolescents at the centre of our efforts to achieve sustainable development;
  3. New policies and investment in all sectors to work towards child health and rights;
  4. Incorporate children’s voices into policy decisions;
  5. Tighten national regulation of harmful commercial marketing, supported by a new Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Dr. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet family of journals, said: “The opportunity is great. The evidence is available. The tools are at hand. From heads-of-state to local government, from UN leaders to children themselves, this Commission
calls for the birth of a new era for child and adolescent health. It will take courage and commitment to deliver. It is the supreme test of our generation.” 

“From the climate crisis to obesity and harmful commercial marketing, children around the world are having to contend with threats that were unimaginable just a few generations ago,” said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director. “It
is time for a rethink on child health, one which places children at the top of every government’s development agenda and puts their well-being above all considerations.” 

“This report shows that the world’s decision makers are, too often, failing today’s children and youth: failing to protect their health, failing to protect their rights, and failing to protect their planet,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus,
Director-General of the World Health Organization said. “This must be a wakeup call for countries to invest in child health and development, ensure their voices are heard, protect their rights, and build a future that is fit for children.”

Notes to editors

[1] About the index; please see pp. 35-38 of the report, with technical details in the Annex, pp. 19-72

[2] This Commission was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

For more information or to set up interviews with report authors, please contact any of the listed media contacts.

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Caricom leaders end summit on positive note

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders have ended their two-day intersessional summit here, agreeing on a number of initiatives ranging from holding a conference on crime in Trinidad and Tobago to pushing forward the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) that allows for the free movement of people across the 15-member regional grouping.

Host prime minister and Caricom Chairman Mia Mottley told the end of summit news conference that the leaders had been able, during their deliberations, to “continue to advance the work of the region to the benefit of Caribbean people.

“This conference will come to be remembered as one in which we laid the footsteps for a number of key decisions,” she said, emphasising that many of these decisions “must have relevance to our people”.

She said she regards as one of the most significant initiatives benefiting Caribbean people is the work undertaken by Grenada’s prime minister regarding roaming charges across the region.

“The conference has agreed that Prime Minister [Dr Keith] Mitchell’s technical committee will now meet with the telecommunication companies and we will await the final implementation of the regime, as well as the other areas of digital governance [for] which Prime Minister Mitchell has responsibility.”

Mottley said, as a result of the CSME, the regional leaders had discussed a number of issues, adding, “we are firm of the view that we need to enhance the governance mechanisms.”

She said, as a result, St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves has been tasked to pull on the technical working groups whose recommendations may have to be revisited again “because of the need for us to guarantee implementation across all the member states.

“To that extent, therefore, we anticipate that a report will come to the next heads of government meeting that will review those technical working groups that came out of the Rose Hall Declaration in Montego Bay in 2003”.

She said the leaders have also asked Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, who has lead responsibility for free movement within the quasi-Caricom Cabinet, to “bring back up a review of all of the processes to further simplify how people move and whether there should be further categories of persons who should be allowed to move…”

She said she expects the report will be presented to regional leaders in July at their annual summit.

Mottley said another aspect of the CSME was the “comprehensive report” undertaken by the regional private sector and the Caribbean Congress of Labour that had been presented to the meeting, describing it “as one of the most pleasing things to me”.

“The report that came sets out a pathway towards our being able to work towards substituting 25 per cent of our food import bill, which at the current moment stands at about US$5 billion,” she said, adding “that we would look to cut out 25 per cent of that within the next five years.

On the issue of crime and violence across the region, Mottley said that the leaders had come to the realisation that it is not a matter strictly for governments and, as a result, would be inviting other stakeholders to make contributions to dealing with the situation.

“To that extent we believe that it is critical that we have full and frank discussions about how we as a region will begin to contain the difficulties that individual communities and countries are experiencing because of a change in behaviour, a change in values, a change in attitudes.”

She said Trinidad and Tobago’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, who has lead responsibility for security, has agreed to host the first such meeting and it is hoped that it will take place “in the near future, but we will await the Secretariat’s communication as to what is convenient for everyone”.

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