IT is not “uncommon” for seven out of ten pupils to score zero in any question on the Electrical and Electronic Technology Unit 1 examination papers in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), statistics from the Caribbean Examination Council have shown.
Not one pupil attained a Grade I in Electrical and Electronic Technology Unit 1, a release from CXC stated yesterday.
Only two were awarded Grade IIs.
But there was a ten per cent improvement in the performance of the subject as compared to last year.
Electrical and Electronic Technology Unit 1 forms part of the “Technical and Vocation” cluster in CAPE.
“A large proportion of candidates continue to score zero on a number of questions,” the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) noted in its report to the Final Awards Committee.
“Instances of approximately 70 per cent of candidates scoring zero in a question in Paper 01 and Paper 02 are not uncommon, even when it is evident that the questions were valid for the syllabus and that they were carefully constructed to make them more accessible to candidates,” the release said.
A major improvement was registered in Geometrical and Mechanical Engineering Drawing Unit 1, by 25 per cent from last year.
“The improved performance was noted by TAC. ‘There appeared to be improvements in students’ understanding of basic prerequisite concepts, in design and in the use of advanced drawing skills,’ the TAC observed,” the release stated.
“TAC also noted some of the challenges associated with Geometrical and Mechanical Engineering Drawing: ‘The most useful text for this course is out of print; It is not easy to find qualified teachers for this programme; Finance for resources needed is sometimes lacking; Many candidates entering for this course seem to lack the basic knowledge and skills that are needed for the prerequisite’.”
More than nine out of ten pupils who wrote CAPE attained “acceptable grades”, according to statistics from the CXC.
It is the first time in six years the overall performance in CAPE reached the 90 per cent mark.
“This year 90.15 per cent of the unit entries achieved Grades I-V, which are acceptable grades at CAPE,” the CXC release stated.
“In the last five years the percentage of entries achieving acceptable grades remained steady at 89 per cent,” it stated.
There were 28,228 pupils who wrote CAPE this year. Some 6,774 more females wrote the examination than males.
“This year 13.77 per cent of Unit entries achieved Grade I; 19.03 per cent achieved Grade II; 22.20 per cent achieved Grade III; 19.49 per cent achieved Grade IV and 15.67 per cent achieved Grade V.
“Performance improved on 19 units, remained steady on ten units and declined on 17 units,” the release stated.
There was a ten per cent improvement in performance for Applied Mathematics Unit 2 and a seven-point decline in the performance in Chemistry Unit 1.
“Most of the units in the Humanities cluster performed better than they did last year with only a few exceptions.