Prep School takes Common Entrance top spot

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – A student of the Kingstown Preparatory School (KPS) is the top performer in this year’s Common Entrance Examination.

Iana Fergusson was number one with an average of 95.16 per cent while Shane Cadougan of Windsor Primary School placed second with 93.01 per cent.

Two students — Jonathan Geo-war-singh and Jordan Hamlett — also of KPS, scored 91.94 per cent to tie for third.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) said last week that the top 10 students came from the KPS, the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School, the Calliaqua Anglican Primary School, the Marriaqua Government School, and the Windsor Primary School.

Of the 2,241 students who registered for the exam, 2,119 turned up on examination day and 53.09 per cent of them passed.

The MOE said 91 students scored 80 per cent and above in the examination used to determine secondary school placements for the nation’s Grade Six student, generally 11 years old.

The average score in 2012 — 95.16 — was a repeat of the 2011 figure.

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21 thoughts on “Prep School takes Common Entrance top spot

  1. 53% pass rate…… While congrats to my old primary school on copping the top spot. What or where have we gone wrong with the other 40 odd percent ?

    I think scripturally as it is said that the Shepherd although having his 99 sheep left them safe and sound and went to look for one.

    Yes we scream and bleat to the hills about education revolution but after education revolution then what ………

    Posted by Marcus Soares | June 10, 2012, 19:05
    • When Mike Brown was minister of education,Jerry George posed the question to him “What happens to these people when they come back?” and Mike Brown couldn’t answer…The ulp didn’t really think things through,right now they’re telling them to stay in taiwan or whereever they’s the thing every Vincentian should be able to work in SVG and develop the country..but after 10 years and all the empty shouts of “labour Now,bankruptcy tomorrow” and “better by far(t)” they still haven’t set up the proper infrastructure economically or otherwise,they want an airport to chase some pie in the sky..if we had bigger planes we could fly in more medicine,and fly in a roof for the hospital…I feel sorry for these kids,all the 40 million dollar bonds taken out by this govt become due in 10 year time,as do the payments to alba,and by the time they grow up there would be no country willing to lend us money because we begged them so much in the past..I feel sorry for these kids, it was okay under the ndp,bad under the ulp,and far worse for whoever comes after,the debt is over a billion dollars and the airport aint done yet, hard kids you’ll be paying a lot of taxes in future,and you wont be able to retire till you are 90 years old

      Posted by Jahu | June 10, 2012, 23:35
      • So wait, if the bank give me a loan to go and study they have to make sure I get a wuk when I come back? Or if UWI give me a scholarship they have to find employment for me? Or better yet I should go and make noise with parents because they didn’t gurantee me a job after they sent me school

        Posted by John | June 12, 2012, 17:40
  2. “53.09 per cent of them passed.”

    Wow our standards have gone way down. Where is this so called “education revolution”, everyone keeps talking about. I told a friend of mine that when i went to the grammar school, i didn’t have to pay, he told me that i was lying and that it was gonsalves education revolution that made it free (he’s in the diaspora, so is fooled easily like most of them are). It seems the Prep school is being well funded and the other schools are thrown by the way side, I can bet the big men them children go to the prep school. What a shame and disgrace spit in your hand and hold your face.

    Posted by blane | June 10, 2012, 21:08
  3. BLANE, when you say our STANDARD has gone way down, are you IMPLYING that we had UNIVERSAL EDUCATION prior to 2001 and so the scores do not REFLECT what you used to be ATTAINED during that period in time?

    It seems like GRAMMAR SCHOOL, the COLONIAL INSTITUTION, has LOST its way ACADEMICALLY…no longer is it TOP SCHOOL in SVG.

    Posted by VINCY POWA (@VINCYPOWA) | June 11, 2012, 09:36
    • Powa at some point you have to stop with this nonsense. Look it’s just basic common sense, The common entrance exams result reflects the crop of students that the top school has to pick from. So of coarse the standard of all the top schools in the country would go down. When i did common entrance a boy cheated off my test, i didn’t notice until the last minute. And when i went to my first day of school he was their too, but he changed school before the first term was over because he couldn’t handle he work.

      Now just imagine that the best students in SVG now are some of the throw aways back in my day, of coarse the standard would be lower. I saw for the very first time Kids in Vincy who cannot, i repeat cannot read and write properly and they go to school everyday under this so called “education revolution”. I have never seen so many Vincy children who are borderline illiterate. Every single thing you want to defend Ralph for. I have a mother and i love her, but not everything she does is right,I have a wife and i love her, and not everything she does is right. So tell me, why is Ralph a “politician” who most of you don’t know right for every single thing he does?

      In my day the top 10 students use to be filled with students from different schools, but now the prep school takes the all top 10 spots, that is just the height of craziness. This is something that needs to be looked into, because if all the chips are even, then their is no way, statistically speaking that one school can have the top 10 spots unless the have an advantage.

      I am not an economist, I am in IT by trade so i do not claim to know much about the economy, just the same way an economist is not going to know more than me about networks and information technology. So tell me please Powa, how could Ralph a lawyer, know more about the economy than an economist like Mr Eustace???…. That’s like going to the dentist when you have a belly ache, he wouldn’t know what to do.

      The laptops that they have in SVG are nothing but toys, they cannot, multitask and i can tell you personally after taking one apart and putting it back together that they are not made to last, if this is the education revolution you all are talking about, you need to shut up. I tried my best to help the ministry to update their systems and better the IT sector in my country but got no where. I went to a few schools on the island and hacked the wireless security in a matter of minutes and tried to inform the ministry of education and lime about their network holes, but again, i didn’t get anywhere, because i didn’t vote for Ralph.

      They are going to have to pay a lot of money to properly configure and test multiple attacks on their networks to make sure that it is secure. The wireless internet in almost every ministry of government can be hack in minutes or hours depending on the system you are using or if you are using cloud based servers to unload the work too, which would make information about our country known and is a big security breach. I tried to donate my time to help, But i was told that my help wasn’t needed, could you imagine that, at no charge to the government. You all need to wake up and stop this nonsense. Get these people out of office and try to get our country back on track, and stop believing grown men with their santa clause stories.

      When you have people who think they are always right, and people like you Powa who make them believe it, our country will always go backwards, you need to stop this nonsense bout defending Ralph or at least try to sound more clever when you doing it, your stupidity is sickening.

      Posted by blane | June 11, 2012, 13:38
    • What “the hell” you talkin ’bout Willis?
      Go on fooling yourselves folks… Go on fooling yourselves…

      Posted by Wow1020 | June 12, 2012, 00:52
  4. Blane, Jahu, and Marcus, don’t worry Vincy Powa will come with his spin to show you how great the education revolution is….. And i think the pass mark was dropped. Can someone please check the pass mark and share with us??? Peter, Saddiss, step up please

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | June 11, 2012, 11:00
  5. Congrats to the kids that passed.

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | June 11, 2012, 11:01
  6. We have always had UNIVERSAL PRIMARY EDUCATION. What we have been struggling with for over a decade, is the admittedly long-overdue Universal SECONDARY Education, like Electricity and Telephones and proper Rabacca Bridges for ‘Carib Country’. If we consider the TERTIARY LEVEL OF EDUCATION, then WE DO NOT HAVE “Universal Education” in S.V.G.

    Yes, as a carry-over from the BRITISH COLONIAL DAYS, prior to 1958, and between 1962-1969, the WEST INDIES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF 1958-1962, and since Statehood in 1969 until about 1972, we had a DUAL “Scholarship and Entrance” examination system with a FULLY GOVERNMENT-FUNDED/ FREE “Scholarship Examination” and a PARTIALLY GOVERNMENT-FUNDED/ PRIVATELY PAID “Entrance” Examination, to both BOYS GRAMMAR SCHOOL and the GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL, the two Government high schools then.

    The Scholarship, or ‘exhibition’ winners enjoyed FREE tuition and books, sometimes they were usually given free school uniforms also.


    The foundational structure of the KINGSTOWN PREPARATORY SCHOOL, its specialised history, its still residual staff, its library or stores of important instructional materials/records, and, most importantly, its still enviable INTAKE of STUDENTS, and even teachers, GIVE IT A UNIQUE ADVANTAGEOUS POSITION IN GARNERING PRIME PICKINGS AT THE ANNUAL “COMMON ENTRANCE” EXAMINATIONS.


    All schools, kindgarten, Elementary Schools, middle schools, High Schools, Technical Schools, Vocational Schools,NEED TO RECOGNISE AND CONSCIENTIOUSLY FOLLOW-UP ON THE SINCERE, COMMITTED, WHOLEHEARTED SUPPORT AND ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT OF PARENTS AND FRIENDS IN THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY. This factor cannot ever be gainsayed, over-rated, or OVER-EMPHASIZED.


    We continue to ‘blame’ the Prep School, or other like successful schools, for their sterling record of successes – – – at our own academic ‘peril’. Let us sensibly LEARN AND IMPLEMENT THEIR KEY ELEMENTS OR SECRETS TO THEIR CONSTANT SUCCESSES.

    And, I taught there during only one term – – – though I coached many of their students and graduands for multiple years.

    Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | June 11, 2012, 13:29
  7. @VINCY IN BAD SHAPE…I do not have the data at hand…but I do recall that the PASS MARK WAS INDEED LOWERED SOME YEARS AGO…I heard it was around 35%..I am not sure if this is correct…but of course, the ULP MINIONS WILL VEHEMENTLY DENY SUCH FIGURE. However, lets not water down the achievement of the HARD WORKING TEACHERS, THE KIDS AND THEIR PARENTS by using VINCYPOWA’S RETARDED STANDARD OF REASONING OR THE ASININE EDUCATION REVOLUTION. A pass rate of 53% is not bad depending on how you look at it but at the same time its not a STANDARD WE SHOULD BE RAISING A GLASS TO…ITS A MEDIOCRE STANDARD THAT WE OUGHT TO BE LOOKING TO IMPROVE UPON. …By the way, in higher learning, a 53% will get you a D- ouch!…

    In 2010 I believe the pass rate was somewhere around 57%…it appears we are regressing…but hey, the Comrade will tell us, WE DOING GREAT THINGS…LOL.

    Posted by Saadiss | June 11, 2012, 17:50
  8. Well, the NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND POLICY means that all STUDENTS are ELIGIBLE to go to SECONDARY SCHOOL. In other words, those who did not do good on the COMMON ENTRANCE will get the OPPORTUNITY to attend SECONDARY SCHOOL, courtesy of the EDUCATION REVOLUTION.

    That said; the TIME has come for the other schools to CHALLENGE GRAMMAR and GHS for TOP HONORS on the CXC exams.

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | June 11, 2012, 20:33

    Posted by VINCYPOWA | June 11, 2012, 22:55
  10. Lord God Have his Mercy on us all !!!!
    To those of you who think 53% pass rate is bad, are you aware that the pass rate last year was 49.something percent? Last year, the Ministry of Education promised a report – Ralph, Mrs. Miguel and the Ministry staff had big press conference and promised the Vincentian people a report, of course there has been no report.

    What do we say? Good for the Vincentian people? To hell with the Vincentian voter? Vincy in Bad Shape?
    If you care about the children who failed, barely pass, are being set up for failure, what do you say?

    Posted by Wow1020 | June 12, 2012, 00:40
    • WOW, i do remember the report that we were supposed to get from last year’s results. I’m still waiting for it, but then again, there are a bunch of things i’m still waiting from with this government. Wow do you know what the pass mark is????

      Posted by vincy in bad shape | June 12, 2012, 10:58
      • To answer your question Vincy in Bad Shape, the pass mark was indeed reduced, but only the wizards (past and present geniuses) at the Ministry of Education know by how much. These are facts of the Education Revolution that are just not made public.

        Other facts of the Education Revolution not made public include:
        1. The pass rate by school
        2. The pass rate range by school
        3. The number of passes by pass-mark or pass-mark range (so we know how many got over 90% but how many just barely passed?)
        4. The number of passes by pass-mark or pass-mark range by school
        5. The drop out rate of each secondary school in SVG
        6. The drop out rate of each secondary school in SVG by form.

        Bear in mind folks that the pass rate was calculated based on actually “takers” of the exam. As you will notice 122 children didn’t show up, so the “real” pass rate is really about 50.19%.

        Bear in mind folks only 91 students got over 80%. So ONLY 91 out of 2119 students got over 80%, so less that 5% got over 80%. Wow!

        Posted by Wow1020 | June 13, 2012, 00:24
  11. What happens year on year the pass requirements are altered to help massage the pass figure. The pass figure is really about 25% compared with 2001 criteria.

    This is what is called an education revulsion.

    The majority of youngster are unable to read and write with any competence and unable to do simple arithmetic even with a calculator.

    Posted by Peter | June 12, 2012, 20:24
  12. Also troubling in all of this, is that over 100 students did not show up to write their exams. What were reasons? what now happens to these kids? With the no kids left behind policy, what happened why these kids did not show up to sit these exams???

    Posted by vincy in bad shape | June 14, 2012, 07:34
    • VINCY IN BAD SHAPE, do you think that, like the SVG VOTERS’ LIST, the Common Entrance Candidate LIST was ALSO PADDED WITH DEAD PEOPLE, etc. ?

      IF we do it every General Elections, what is there to stop us doing it also with the ELEVEN – PLUS EXAMINATIONS ? No, NOT just DAFF – – – MERELY COMPULSIVE FORCE OF HABIT ?

      Posted by STEVE_HUGGINS | June 21, 2012, 21:34

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