Lloyd says there was a slight improvement in exam results

There was a “slight improvement” in the national averages for the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) and the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exam scores, Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday.

“We are about to provide you all with the BJC and BGCSE results,” Lloyd told reporters on the sidelines of the Public School Administrators Conclave at Baha Mar.

“I’ve just done a cursory review of it and it looks as if there is just a slight improvement overall, which is good news because that’s what we are basically looking for.”

The minister said the results of the BJC and BGCSE will be released sometime this week.

Lloyd said the government is working to improve the graduation rates, which he described as a “riveting target for us”.

He said the average graduation rate is somewhere in the low-50s.

“We have got to get to a place where over the next year or so we are hitting 60 [or] the 65s, because otherwise 2030 would be here and we would be struggling to meet our objective,” Lloyd said.

Last year, 6,720 students sat the BGCSEs.

A total of 806 students achieved a ‘C’ grade in five or more subjects in 2018, which represented a drop off of a little over eight percent compared to the 880 students who achieved it in 2017.

Nearly 12,000 sat the BJCs last year with 1,600 earning a ‘C’ or above in five or more subjects.

This represented an increase of nearly eight percent over the 1,484 students who achieved this the year before.

There was also a slight increase in the number of students who earned at least a ‘D’ grade in five or more subjects – from 2,269 in 2017 to 2,319 in 2018.

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Jasper Ward

Jasper Ward started at The Nassau Guardian in September 2018. Ward covers a wide range of national and social issues. Education: Goldsmiths, University of London, MA in Race, Media and Social Justice

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