|Letter: SVG's 2014 CXC results: Another commentary|
|Published on September 4, 2014||
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Recently, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) education minister, Girlyn Miguel, and CXC's Charles Mayenga, senior assistant registrar, examinations administration and security division, gave an analysis and breakdown of our national performance at the 2014 external examinations with CXC, including CAPE. They were both pleased with our secondary (high) school students' CXC performances and also those at the more advanced "CAPE" level, with some cautious reservations.
Properly put in essential summary perspective, the latest available data show that only 41.7 percent of our SVG students actually gained passes in five subjects, including English A: Language AND Mathematics. So, objectively we still haven't reached the gold standard.
As a most fortunate recipient of US Federal full-scholarship in the emerging sciences, I readily appreciate the education minister's advised focus on our SVG students pragmatically targeting the STEM subject-disciplines, inter alia, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Like Education Minister Miguel, let us hope that the overall CXC examination pass rate, nationally, continues to improve.
A further view, everything else being equal, ceteris paribus, this was a fair attempt by the ministry and the CXC official to give early preliminary analyses of the most recent SVG CXC results, including those at the more advanced (CAPE) level, though with the understandable need to put the most favourable light on our students’ 2014 results.
As in our internal SVG comparative analyses, the real situation of our charges can perhaps be best ascertained by a thorough-going wider regional comparison in all areas, subject-disciplines, actual singular grades/quality of grades, profiles, categories or subject areas, and strategically determined and targeted major subjects.
In doing this, we will quickly find it necessary to do a similar micro-macro assessment such as we do at home, or used to until the arrival of the politically correct, overly timid 'softie' do-gooders and those who were flabbergasted with the phenomenon of some of the highly reputed urban secondary schools being solidly whipped [as in the historic case of SVG junior netball] in these crucial academic areas.
Why do certain other Commonwealth Caribbean countries and/or schools outperform our SVG nationals in many of these indices and disciplines?
The parameters for the true answers could be set by asking similar questions which we used to ask nationally: why does/did Prep School usually outperform the other primary schools – and now no longer?
Why did Grammar School and Girls High, in addition to St Martin’s Secondary and Convent, historically outperform the other secondary schools?
And, why did St Martin’s displace the Grammar School, while Girls High School maintained its premier place vis-a-vis the Convent High School?
Therein lie the answers as to the "whys".
Then, we need to go further and take the requisite remedial actions to totally remedy the existing situation.
A few phenomena are also rapidly imposing themselves on our SVG society and have thereby been significantly impacting our SVG student performances in more recent years -- and act as stubborn constraints on our students’ performances.
There are clearly increasing incidences and cases of young children, youth and students being exposed to regular and frequent side-stream smoke from or actual abuse/use of marijuana. Sorry, but especially at such delicately young ages, and the continuing physical-electrochemical development of their brains, this habitual occurrence can be easily proven to be having comparatively major dents in our students’ mental perceptions and academic performances, not to omit the negative behavioural responses of some in this cohort.
Our Social Fabric:
The students at the Community College [the former Sixth Form], the SVG School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the SVG Teachers’ College urgently need to do sociological and other social science studies of the increasingly deleterious impact of our deteriorating family life patterns and family structures on our education system, more so in recent years.
Sorry, the politicians don’t dare say it. And, other civic and social leaders tend to skirt the matter all too gingerly. But, it must be categorically stated. Our schoolchildren are increasingly being hampered by our increasingly more unstable and chaotic family life in all too many cases. Broken and upside down family life is seriously taking a very heavy toll on our children, youth and students -- and negatively affecting their academic achievements and behavioural performances. A strong family system is a fillip to any couple, extended family, community and nation.
Yes, am fully apprised of the tragic, utter destruction wreaked upon our family system by the evils of slavery. Yet, enough generations have gone by for us to now renew our determination and national resolve to beat back this once-imposed problematic condition. As a still young nation, we simply must defeat this problem before we can adequately excel and dominate at the regional academic scene. Sorry, but other CARICOM countries have noticeably made much more progress in this social aspect than we have.
A broken family system is the bane of any society, and the natural nemesis of educational attainment, social advancement, and occupational success. Perverse 'modernism', the elitist secular-materialist philosophies of clerical higher criticism, so-called "‘organic' evolution", social Darwinism, socialism/communism, more recent pseudo-liberalism, and secular humanism, together with situational ethics and general permissiveness, have all combined to further exacerbate our particular SVG national problems related to family life and structure – making real solutions to our problems of student academic achievement and performances next to humanly unattainable.
By working back on those vexing causative factors, SVG can truly tackle its broader causative academic problems head-on. Of course, we can freely choose, instead, to follow like the children of Hamelin, the modern Pied Piper of supposed “modern” Western white Euro-American civilized degeneration and social decadence which they have arrived at by overdevelopment and national aging. We in SVG must buck the trend or descend into the abyss of the imminent “fall” of the 21st century’s contemporary Roman Empire.
The price for freedom or academic excellence, SVG is far too young for that as a newly emergent nation-state.
I do perceive that the worthy struggle to salvage our SVG students’ academic performances and achieve our very highest national potential and full international excellence, is essentially the same national struggle to see SVG survive the present and fast developing global threats to our continued existence as a newly emergent nation.
Quo vadis, my dearly beloved Hairouna, the high potential Commonwealth Caribbean state of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).
I lovingly repeat: SVG, quo vadis?
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What is that? Blaringly stupid presentation Steve.
I could have written that and say all what was said in simpler language...Puke!
Pseudo 'vinciman', so you really take exception to the "presentation" - - - but apparently AGREE with the all-important CONTENT AND WARRANTING given?
WHEN is a presentation "stupid", my evaluator? . . . 'blaring...? OOPS, it doesn't compute.
AT LEAST YOU DIDN'T VULGARLY CURSE my family, wife, uncle, nenen/tantie, pickme or parents - - - LIKE YOU RECENTLY DID to another Vincentian-born NEWS COMMENTATOR AND POLITICAL OBSERVER who dared to critique and comment ONLINE on the POLITICAL INEPTITUDE, TOMFOOLERY, MAMAUGUY, BOBOL AND ARROGANCE in the WOEFULLY DISCREDITED UNITY LABOUR PARTY (ULP) REGIME led by the MARXIST-LENINIST doctrinaire ideologue Ralph Gonsalves, aka Everard Francis.
I fully appreciate that you COULD HAVE written "that", MY LETTER ABOVE, but in perceptibly 'simpler language'. Well, since you are great, AND WOULD HAVE WRITTEN THE SAME LETTER AS ME (above), then I am encouraged - - - for GREAT MINDS THINK ALIKE! OR, nyet???
Nomme de plume, thanks for you response, though. That is always welcome. WHETHER conceivably POSITIVE or NEGATIVE. For true. UNLIKE THE UTTERLY CORRUPT Ralph Gonsalves' "ULP" REGIME, yours truly fully welcome CRITICAL SUPPORT and ALWAYS-PRESENT EVIDENCE OF human THINKING.
NOT like the mendicant political AUTOMATONS around the Communistic "COMMANDANTE UNO" budding DESPOT in the YOULIMO Communist Party wing of the ulp, so-called.
Bro, if I even try to tell you what I have been doing lately, YOU WOULDN'T HAVE A CLUE what I am talking about. IF I speaking the LANGUAGE of my current specialty, YOU WOULD JUST DROP YOUR LOWER JAW in shocking non-comprehension.
So, please excuse me if I am still somewhat NON-SIMPLISTIC in my linguistic expressions. I have been re-learning. I will hopefully get there in time; just be patient, mi dear.
AFTER ALL, I was the guy who most successfully taught English A: Language and English B: Literature to trainee teachers, to secondary school teachers, and mentored/tutored undergraduates and graduates in written expression. I must have deteriorated quite a bit, indeed. I spear-headed applied English expressions nationally and regionally, which won widespread acclaim (and awards and prizes) including whipping the English departments at the top four secondary schools in SVG.
Oh, I took a Written-English challenged NAT SCI student is hand at UWI and mentored him to moving to the head of the class, winning premiere recognition, tiil even some of our Vincy students there were unhappy with me as that student was a non-Vincentian.
Oh, quite early I was identified and appointed EDITOR of something called "APPLIED ENGLISH" magazine. Yuh ever heard of it? Or, YUH 'BIN JAAMAICA those years???
My writing has so well connected with Vincentian and West Indian audiences that I was under the apparently self-deceiving perception that I used to write "simpler" and nearer to the clearer comprehension of the masses. I have audiences in SVG and the Eastern Caribbean, live and on radio and television IN RAPTUROUS EXCITEMENT and keen interest - - - hanging onto every word.
Sorry, I will try to GET BACK TO WRITING MORE SIMPLY, once again. Ah mus' be lose mi mark. Thanks for the heads-up, Bro.
Tark all 'tory in ah one.
Ah could remember when Dr. KENNETH JOHN and a certain "gentleman" in Kingstown who used to frequent my home in G/town years gone by WROTE SOME DISGUSTING, parochial, NDP-inspired NASTY PIECES in The VINCENTIAN newspaper ABOUT A PUBLIC SPEAKING PRESENTATION, live and on Radio-TV, which I had helped to CO-PRODUCE.
A colleague, heedless to my warnings, contacted Kenneth's fellow MANCHESTER radical and columnist, your IDOLIZED demi-god, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. Word reaching back to me was "Call-me-comrade-too, nuh" Ralphie was to RESPOND IN LIVELY CRITICISM TO Dr. JOHN's low-down article [worshipping the white Son, instead].
Yuh nuh wat? Ah certain she STILL WAITING FOR COMMUNISTIC RALPHIE TO REPORTEDLY KEEP HIS WORD AND RESPOND TO KENNETH!
WHY, on earth, would Dr. Ralph EVERARD Gonsalves EVER RESPOND TO Dr. John's critique, here?!
After all, Dr. Kenneth John effectively ACCUSED Ralph Gonsalves of WRITING MY COMPOSITION and co-production. Another colleague and the active student, not to mention our secret speech team of students, had done ALL the production.
Ah guess WE STILL WAITING FOR RALPH TO EXHALE, there.
Yuh hear dat? Dr. Kenneth John FELT THAT MY "SPEECH WRITING" WAS SO GOOD that IT HAD TO HAVE BEEN WRITTEN BY NO LESS A "PERSON" THAT Dr. Ralph Gonsalves!
Not bad, eh? For this NOT "simpler language" guy?
Incidentally, yuh could perhaps TAKE SOME CREDIT for your political OR real IDOL - - - for it was Ralph Gonsalves who taught me, besides British and European history - - - FIRST FORM English Language - - - and motivated me there to LEARN TO WRITE!
Now Kenneth saying Ralph write 'my' composition for me.
BUT, POLITICAL HACK, IF YOU CLAIM CREDIT OF RALPHIE, THERE, THEN YOU ARE IRONICALLY, inconsistently, HYPOCRITICALLY CRITICIZING his high school teaching handiwork!
WHICH will it BE?
It is such an atrocious WASTE OF HUMAN MIND AND EFFORT when first we set out to BRAY PAROCHIALLY for political largesse, or our political tea, breakfast and dinner. TIME TO RISE UP AND THINK FOR YOUR OWN!
SVG will ONLY improve IF her sons and daughters would LEARN TO THINK FOR OURSELVES, DEVELOP OUR OWN MINDS, AND OBJECTIVELY SEEK TO COME UP WITH THE REAL PRAGMATIC, non-Communistic, SOLUTIONS, even tentative HUMAN ones, to our NATIONAL PROBLEMS.
II is ONLY SO, humanly, FOR ST. VINCENT TO MOVE ON, as a young kaisonian PRODUCER urged us some time back.
Stop being an inane senseless brat in your postings on this site and others, falsely-so-called 'vinciman'. You are seeming more and more to be a vinci "buoy". Pull up your pants, or belly.
And, doan 'cuss me mother, me wife or me daughter ALL BECAUSE AH WRITE pro or con the MERE DUPLICITOUS POLITICIAN of your flawed preference. Instead, come up with some SIMPLER, SOLID, MATERIAL, SUBSTANTIVE INCIDENCES AND WAYS IN WHICH I COULD HAVE IMPROVED THE ABOVE initial ATTEMPT AT WRITING at this time for CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW (CNN).
Don't be a "prat" as our prolific Vincy contributor will readily tell you.
Be a POSITIVE, UP-BUILDING, CONSTRUCTIVE, and WHOLESOME, wholehearted, MAN.
BE A TRUE VINCY, not a pseudo-vinci doing the political bidding of a mere politically greedy pol.
In allowing myself to be temporariy distracted, as your aim, I hope that I have come on a wee bit "in simpler language".
The regime would favour a 71 % pass rate report.
Only about 41 % students actually passed with FIVE SUBJECTS, including ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND MATHEMATICS. That, in my non-parochial/ non-ULP / non-partisan VIEW AND OBJECTIVE PERSPECTIVE, is the real summative REPORT. Stripped of all the hype, and 'editing'.
THAT is wey really HURT YOU?
Shhhhh.... you shouldn't ah stir me up to hah me REPEAT THE SVG 2014 CXC PASS RATE: 41 per cent.
A 2014 CXC pass rate of 41 per cent for SVG.
Now, clear your ample MIND of STUPID PARTY PAROCHIAL POLITICS, and READ THE LETTER AGAIN, or the REAL first time!
Be a true Vincentian. Be a real man.
PUT YOUR COUNTRY, and its EDUCATION, BEFORE YOUR PARTY.
QUO VADS, SVG???!!!
I couldn’t resist replying to Steve Huggins comment even here, about me not showing any discretion and being ruthless in my remarks towards C. ben David for his foolish comment about, “us (Vincentians) dunces”, and C. ben David remarks in reference to an article on IWN entitled “SVG to teach Ecuadorians teachers English”... http://www.iwnsvg.com/2014/09/03/svg-to-teach-ecuadorians-teachers-english/comment-page-1/#comment-37536
My first Impulse was to “pelt” a “hammer word” (‘ah really mean wood) and just smash Steve Huggins to bits for his insults and wrongful attack on me in his posted comment, and he aint know what the hell he really talking about, not even “dis” from “dat”.
But taking into account his lack thereof, his mindlessness, his ignorant cruelness and mistakenness, his sorry arrogant behavior in his comment, I’ve decided to spare that wimp. I’ll just go “easy” on him. Bear with me.
Steve! On Aug19, in a letter posted by Anatol Scott on “Caribbean News Now” entitled ,“Ten Point Reparation Plan Not So Flawed”, C. ben-David made a comment in that post, which I have included here for all to read.
Here is C.ben David:
“I will reply to some of your comments in due course and only address the side issue of your preoccupation with getting a passport. My wife was born in SVG and we come home every winter for 3-4 months. I've had a Vincentian passport for years but she refuses to get one claiming that it is "not good enough to wipe her backside with." Don't get her wrong. She loves SVG or we wouldn't return every year in our retirement. Rather, she is just referring to the fact that she won't waste her money buying a passport that has no real value or use compared to the passport from her adopted First World country. Can you blame her? Shouldn't you forget about getting a "useless" passport when you have the most valued and respected passport on the planet: a passport from Canada.”
Still don’t believe nah? Here’s the link, go check for yourself!
Surprised? Well, he continued on the following day with another comment, here it is:
”… And remember two things: (1) your SVG passport will not, by itself, get you into America or many other countries and (2) don't stay away from Alberta longer than six months or you will lose your health care benefits.
P.S: My wife still claims the pages of the Vincie passport are too smooth to do you know what.”
Here is a link to that page too:
But wait! Now we get to the interesting part.
Immediately under that comment is “your” Steve Huggins comment in magnanimous grandeur, so elated over and upon Anatol’s success in qualifying for a Vincentian passport. Read and weep! Punk! Am I making this up? Heavens no! There you go Steve, and you had no clue, but you chose to runoff your mouth on me? Did you even read C.ben–David’s comment? You really showed your shortsightedness there Steve. No respect from me. Let me run my mouth now!
So you see, those who were not aware of these comments are fully aware now, and they also know that, “you bunch ‘ah punks are just that”. “A bunch ‘ah punks”... “Vincy punks at dat”… Not to be taken seriously... A sorry insignificant portion of SVG, (with the exception of Anatol Scott…”he born in Aruba and speaks mumbo-jumbo in the Dutch”...so he sorry too!)
Well, don’t blame me Steve Huggins. Sometimes I do that “tit” for “tat” Vincy thing too, but only at the right moment; but I prefer to call it in Vincy lingo, “did for “dat.” So let’s get “dat” straight, I maybe “did”, but never “dat.”
Unlike you Steve Huggins, I talk straight. You don’t. As the Indians use to say in those old western movies we saw at Lyric and Russell’s Cinema on a sat, “white man speak with forked tongue”… Well, so does Steve Huggins; don’t argue Steve, you’re disqualified already…shush! Nah, unqualified! Furthermore, we have proof. Go back and take a look at your negligence, nah your stupidity, and please close the door when you exit.
In the future, don’t come at me with your foolishness, stay with the ICC (Internet Crazies Circus) VINCYMAN DON’T PLAY DAT! See? I kept my promise by not going too hard on you. Punk! God is my witness, and I had no intention of letting you whimper away.
Let me repeat what I stated a few weeks aback “…and now we are faced with a new bunch ah devils, their motto remains the same as always “never to do good, but evil continually”. This “circus” is such a discredit to beautiful SVG. Shame on you all!
WONDER OF WONDERS.
SHOCK OF ALL SHOCKS!
Did I hear you correctly?!
". . . the Indians use to say. . . 'WHITE MAN SPEAK WITH FORKED TONGUE' . . . "
Are your SURE is NOT RALPH GONSALVES yuh tarking 'bout???
He ah wah 'white man'!
Have you now turned on you PAGAN IDOL ralphie, too?
WHITE MAN SPEAK WITH FORKED TONGUE. . .
Yuh SURE, SURE?
Pobre mi communistic "call-me-comrade-too, nah" EVERARD!
SILLY simon anderson. . . er, little willie . . . ah mean Falsie 'vinciman' say now that WHITE MAN SPEAK WITH FORKED TONGUE.
So, Vinciman, falsely so-called, yuh "throwing words" at yuh COMMUNISTIC COMRADE.
I fully endorse your sentiments, though.
WHITE MAN SPEAK WITH FORKED TONGUE.
Just start to begin to get ready to begin to START to COUNT THE ENDLESS POLITICAL LIES AND FALSEHOODS THAT Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has told us in ST. VINCENT AND THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN.