A slight improvement is national examinations were noted yesterday as the official 2018 Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) and Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) results were released yesterday.
According to the report, there has been an increase in several subjects inclusive of BJC Mathematics, which could have a direct influence on the number of students meeting the requirement for the award of the Bahamas High School Diploma.
In 2018, a total 1, 600 candidates received a grade of C or higher in five or more subjects. This represented an increase of 7.82 per cent over 2017 which had a total of one 1, 484 candidates. There were 1, 514 candidates in 2016; 1, 485 candidates in 2015 1,400 candidates in 2014.
The report also revealed that 2, 319 candidates achieved a minimum of grade D in at least five subjects, representing a 2.20% increase from 2017 which had a total of two thousand two 2,269 candidates.
Also in 2018, 1, 552 candidates achieved at least a C in Mathematics, English and a Science. This represents a 17.04 per cent increase when compared to 2017 which had a total of one 1,326 candidates.
In the BGCSE examinations 6, 720 candidates registered to sit the examination. There were 2,5045 grades awarded this year and a total of 806 candidates received at least grade ‘C’ in five or more subjects as compared to 2017 with 880. This represents a decrease of 8.41 per cent.
Four hundred and ninety candidates received at least a grade C or better in Mathematics, English Language and a Science, representing a decrease of 5.95 per cent when compared to 2017, which had a total of 521 candidates.
In previous years, education officials would give a national average for the country following the release of the national examination results.
At last report, the national average was recorded as a D average.
When asked yesterday about a national average, Education Minister Jeff Lloyd said that a national average is not the focus for education officials.