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Math Remains Problematic with Poor Performance in PSE 2016

Friday we told you of the results of the Primary School Examination.  We erred when we listed the top five performers as this year’s results indicate ties in several positions.  The top score for the 2016 PSE was three hundred and ninety one out of a possible four hundred points, earned by two students: Kenly Young of Saint Andrew Anglican School in the Cayo District and Angelina Urbina of La Inmaculada RC School in Orange Walk.  Marcela Lozana placed third from Bernice Yorke Institute of Learning with three hundred and eighty eight points; followed by Hugo Lin of Belize Elementary School and Ranai Gonzalez of Saint Andrew Anglican School, both placing fourth with three hundred and eight six points.  Four students placed sixth this year with three hundred and eight five points; namely, Mihir Karnani  and Terry Su of Belize Elementary School; Erwin Arthurs of Bernice Yorke Institute of Learning and Tsiyon Julien of The Shepherd Academy.  In the four subject areas, Mathematics, once again proved to be the test with the poorest performance as has been in 2014 and 2015.  Of the seven thousand two hundred and thirty five students who sat the PSE, more than half of them scored an E grade; meaning they go anywhere between zero and forty nine percent.  English saw the second highest group with an E grade as twenty seven percent of the students scored forty nine percent or lower.  The two exam dates for 2016 were March 14 and May 3 in the subjects of Mathematics, English, Science and Social Studies.  The PSE exam assesses how well the students have grasped the primary school curriculum the four primary areas.  According to the Ministry of Education, the results of the examination are intended to be used for two main purposes; (1) the certification of students at the completion of primary schooling in four content areas of the primary curriculum and (2) educational decision-making to inform policy, planning and practice at national, district, school and classroom levels.  In 2014, the top performer for the PSE came from Crooked Tree Government School and in 2015 the top student was from Bernice Yorke Institute of Learning.