NGSA 2023: Big improvements in science, maths


A total of 15,360 candidates sat the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) this year and based on an analysis of the results, there were improvements in the pupils’ performances in Science and Mathematics.

Additionally, English grades remained constant while Social Studies dipped marginally.

This was announced by Teddy Rajan, the Senior Manager of Examinations Administration and Security at the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), at a ceremony to announce the 2023 NGSA results.

According to him, the pass rate for English was 64.47 per cent; last year, the pass rate was 64 per cent.

Science scores jumped from 46.45 per cent in 2022 to 55.11 per cent this year; this builds on a six per cent increase that was already recorded last year. And Rajan said this is the first time in four years that the number of pupils gaining full marks in Science is greater than the number of pupils who scored zero.

In Mathematics, the pass rate jumped from 34.72 per cent in 2022 to 39.87 per cent this year.

And finally, the Social Studies pass rate slightly declined from 58.9 per cent in 2022 to 58.57 this year.

Importantly, Rajan noted that girls performed better than the boys across all the subject areas.

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