Region Three CSEC Matriculation improved in 2018

DPI, Guyana, Thursday, August 30. 2018

Regional Education Officer of Essequibo Island-West Demerara, Annesta Douglas reported to the statutory Regional Democratic Council (RDC) Council Meeting, held Wednesday, August 29, on the performance of the Education Sector in Essequibo Islands-West Demerara.

Drawing the council’s attention to the results of the recently concluded Caribbean Examinations Council (CSEC) examination, Douglas detailed the improvement of nine Secondary schools from a total of twelve.

“A comparative analysis was done between 2017 and 2018 results and I am pleased to inform you that nine out of our twelve secondary schools had a positive growth rate with Stewartville Secondary receiving the highest growth rate of 29.9 percent followed by Leguan Secondary with 21.53 percent,” Douglas said.

Last year, the West Demerara Secondary School had a matriculation rate of 83.74 percent and in 2018 saw an improvement to 90.38 percent. Zeeburg Secondary moved from 68.06 percent to 81.34 percent. A growth rate of 13.27 percent. Uitvlugt Secondary moved from 5.48 percent to15.60 percent while Vergenoegen Secondary moved from 0 percent to 9.09 percent. Essequibo Islands Secondary, L’ Aventure Secondary and Leonora Secondary also recorded improvements with a positive growth rate of 8.72 percent, 18.02 percent and 19.06 percent respectively.

Three schools registered a negative growth rate with Patentia Secondary recording the highest at -3.6% followed by Endeavor and the Commons with -2.02% and Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary with -0.71%.

“In general, we have seen improvements and we are happy at the moment. However, there is room for improvement and we will move this region forward together,” Douglas told the council members.

Chairman of the RDC, Julius Faerber congratulated the Department of Education on a job well done which has resulted in a marked improvement in Matriculation in the Essequibo Island-West Demerara area.

Additionally, after the RDC meeting, the Regional Executive Officer, Denis Jaikaran attended the Headteachers’ meeting at Leonora Secondary School where he interacted with HMs from all the schools in Region Three. The Headteachers took the opportunity to thank the Regional admiration for infrastructural improvements on their schools.

Story and Images: Ganesh Mahipaul