BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Digital media, offered in May/June 2014 as the first 100 percent paper-less examination by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has returned excellent results in its first sitting.
One hundred percent of the candidates taking Digital Media Units 1 and 2 achieved acceptable grades, which are Grades I-V at CAPE.
Of the 68 candidates who registered for Unit 1 of Digital Media in its first sitting, 19 percent of the candidates for Unit 1 achieved Grade I; 21 percent of candidates achieved Grade II; 49 percent achieved Grade III and nine percent achieved Grade IV.
Nine candidates registered for Digital Media Unit 2. One achieved Grade I; two achieved Grade II and six achieved Grade III.
CXC Digital Media was introduced to schools in September 2013.
Performance Remains Consistent
Overall performance in CAPE remained consistent with 2013. Ninety percent of entries achieved Grades I-V which are the acceptable grades, the same as in 2013. Performance remained the same on 16 units, improved on 14 units and declined on 16 units.
Mathematics and Sciences
There were mixed performances in the mathematics and sciences cluster of subjects. Both units of applied mathematics returned identical performance as last year – 89 percent of entries achieved Grades I-V. In both units of applied mathematics, 27 percent of entries achieved Grade 1.
For Pure Mathematics Unit 1, performance declined slightly, from 72 percent in 2013 to 69 percent this year, while for Pure Mathematics Unit 2, performance improved marginally from 82 percent in 2013 to 85 percent this year.
Both units of biology saw a dip in performance this year. Eighty-six percent of entries achieved acceptable grades in Unit 1 this year compared with 90 percent in 2013. For Unit 2, 91 percent of entries achieved Grades I-V compared with 97 percent in 2013.
Performance on both units of chemistry improved when compared with 2013. There was a slight improvement on Unit 1 with 85 percent of entries achieving acceptable grades compared with 84 percent in 2013; while for Unit 2, there was a three percent improvement in performance this year. Ninety-five percent of entries achieved acceptable grades, compared with 92 percent in 2013. Both units of chemistry recorded a high percentage of Grade Is. Twenty-four percent of entries achieved Grade I in Unit 1 and 39 percent of entries achieved similar grades in Unit 2.
There was a three percent improvement on performance in Physics Unit 2 this year – 95 percent of entries achieved acceptable grades compared with 92 percent in 2013. Performance remained steady on Physics Unit 1 with 93 percent of entries achieving similar grades in both years.
Performance in the humanities cluster of subjects remained mostly steady when compared with performance last year. French Unit 1 saw a slight improvement with 97 percent achieving Grades I-V compared with 96 percent last year. For French Unit 2 there was a three percent decline, from 99 percent in 2013 to 96 percent this year.
Both units of Spanish performed almost identically in both years. Spanish Unit 1, 92 percent of entries achieved acceptable grades compared with 93 in 2013. Similarly 92 percent of entries for Unit 2 achieved acceptable grades this year compared with 94 percent in 2013.
Sociology Units 1 and 2 saw slight decline in performance; 85 per ent in Unit 1 compared with 86 percent last year and 93 percent in Unit 2 this year compared with 95 percent last year.
Law Unit 1, had a one percent decline, from 85 percent of acceptable grades last year to 84 percent this year; while for Law Unit 2, there was a one-percent improvement – 82 percent this year compared with 81 percent last year.
Performance on Literatures in English for both units in both 2013 and 2014 were identical. In both years 94 percent of entries achieved acceptable grades for Unit 1 and 96 percent achieved similar grades for Unit 2.
History Unit 1 recorded a slight improvement in performance when compared with 2013. Seventy-nine percent of entries achieved Grades I-V this year compared with 76 percent in 2013. Unit 2 saw a decline of six percent – 70 percent of entries achieved acceptable grades compared with 76 percent in 2013.
Performance in the business cluster of subjects remained fairly consistent with that of 2013 in most units. Ninety-five percent of entries for Accounting Unit 1 achieved acceptable grades compared with 96 percent in 2013. For Accounting Unit 2, seventy-nine percent achieved compared with 82 percent last year.
Management of Business Units 1 and 2 saw a one percentage point variation in the performance on both Units in the two years. Eighty-six percent of entries achieved acceptable grades in Management of Business Unit 1 compared with 87 percent in 2013; while for Unit 2, ninety-seven percent achieved acceptable grades this year, one percent improvement over 2013.
Similarly for Economics Unit 1, there was a one-percent variation with 82 percent of entries achieving Grades I-V in 2014 and 83 percent in 2013. For Economics Unit 2, eighty-five percent of entries Grades I-V this year compared with 88 percent in 2013.
Technical and Vocational
In the technical and vocational cluster of subjects, performance was consistent with the exception of Geometrical and Mechanical Engineering Drawing Unit 1 which saw a marked decline in performance this year. Sixty-nine percent of entries achieved acceptable grades compared with 85 percent last year. Seventy-nine percent of entries for Geometrical and Mechanical Engineering Drawing Unit 2 achieved acceptable grades compared with 83 percent in 2013.
Both Units of Art and Design remained consistent with 100 percent of entries achieving acceptable grades in both units in both years.
Food and Nutrition Unit 2 returned similar results with 99 percent of entries achieving acceptable grades. In Unit 2, ninety-seven percent achieved acceptable grades in 2014 compared with 99 percent in 2013.
Seventy-four percent of entries for Electrical and Electronic Technology Unit 1 achieved acceptable grades compared with 75 percent in 2013; and for Unit 2, seventy-nine percent achieved acceptable grades compared with 83 percent in 2013. No candidate achieved Grade I in this Unit.
The two core subjects, Communication Studies and Caribbean Studies continue to perform consistently with previous years. This year 96 percent of entries achieved acceptable grades in Communication Studies 96 compared with 97 percent in 2013, and for Caribbean Studies 93 percent of entries achieved acceptable grades compared with 94 percent in 2013.
The number of candidates entered for CAPE this year was 29,379 compared with 28,228 in 2013, an increase of 1,151 candidates.
Communication Studies continue to lead the subject entries with 15,625 entries this year compared with 14,926 last year. It is followed by Caribbean Studies with 11,941 entries this year, compared with 11,220 in 2013. Sociology Unit 1 with 5,996 entries, Biology Unit 1 with 5681 and Chemistry Unit 1 with 5,447 entries round out the top five largest Unit entries.
Sixty-two percent of the candidates were females and 38 percent males.
Just over 42 percent of the candidates were in the 18-year age group, while 33 percent were over 19 years and 22 percent were in the 17-year age group.