CXC, CAPE exams: With support, “you are destined for greatness” – CXC Registrar to students

…Pres Ali extends best wishes to students

Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) May/June 2024 examinations and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) kickstarted on Monday May 6, across the country.
While it is unknown at this time how many Guyanese students are sitting the exam, subjects being offered are Biology, Chemistry, English A, English B, Human and Social Biology, Information Technology (Gen.), Mathematics, Office Administration, Physics, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Social Studies and Spanish, among others.
Following the announcement of the dates for these examinations, a number of stakeholders have come to the fore expressing great concerns with the dates.
This includes President Dr. Irfaan Ali, who via social media post extended best wishes to the 2024 cohort, as Guyana aims to top the Caribbean for the sixth consecutive year.
Meanwhile, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Dr. Wayne Wesley wished the candidates all the best in their examinations while reassuring them that the Council’s number one priority is the health and safety of all candidates and stakeholders.
“With the support of family, friends and teachers and educators you are destined for greatness. On behalf of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) I encourage you to be cool, calm and collected demonstrating your confidence. You have been prepared to advance the economic competitiveness of the region, you will do well,” Dr. Welsey said via video message.
CXC/CAPE result 2023
In a monumental record, Guyana topped the Caribbean for the fifth consecutive year at both at the 2023 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination.
Alex Muntaz of the Anna Regina Secondary and Naresh Jagnanan of Queen’s College have been named the Most Outstanding Students overall in the Region at CSEC and CAPE, respectively.
Muntaz had clinched 23 Grade Ones and four Grade Twos at the examinations while Jagnanan scored nine Grade Ones and one Grade Two at CAPE.
Across the Region at CSEC, Siddiq Gafar of the ISA Islamic School is the Most Outstanding Student in Business; Nailah Rahaman from Queen’s College is the Most Outstanding Student in Humanities; and Abigail Stephanas from Queen’s College is Most Outstanding Student in Science. Muntaz also copped the Most Outstanding Student in TVET subjects.
Virendra Dookie of the Saraswati Vidya Niketan is the country’s Second Most Outstanding Student at CSEC.
At CAPE, Jagnanan is also the Most Outstanding Student in Business Studies, and Joshua Gulab of Queen’s College is the Second Most Outstanding Student for CAPE.
Across the country, a total of 12,118 students sat the CSEC examinations, an increase from 10,368 in 2022. There were 75,764 entries. Overall, the pass rate was 65 per cent for 2023, a decline from 68.5 per cent in 2022.
Meanwhile, a total of 701 students from 12 secondary schools and four private centres sat the CAPE exams. There are 17 examination centres in Guyana. From 671 entries in 2022, this increased to 701 across units in 29 subject areas.

Stable performances were noted in English Language, Mathematics, Technical Drawing, Caribbean History, and Economics.
Declines were seen in Biology: from 82 per cent to 72 per cent in 2023; while Human and Social Biology saw a dip from 73 per cent to 63 per cent, and Physical Education and Sport saw a dip from 98 per cent to 88 per cent. In addition, Portuguese recorded a decline from 76 per cent last year to 62 per cent this year.
Pass percentages for the year are as follows: 70 for English Language; 63 for English Literature; 34 for Mathematics; 60 for Additional Mathematics; 97 for Agricultural Science (double award); 55 for Physics; 66 for Integrated Science; 58 for Chemistry; 72 for Principles of Business; 69 for Principles of Accounts; 63 for Economics; 84 for Religious Education; 53 for Social Studies; 65 for Visual Arts; 64 for Caribbean History; 98 for Theatre Arts, and 88 for Music.
For the TVET subject areas, there was a pass rate of over 65 per cent. In modern languages, French is 55 per cent, Spanish is 51 per cent and Portuguese is 62 per cent.
However, for CAPE, a slight ‘dip’ in the overall performance was reported, at 90.85 per cent.
An improved performance was recorded in Accounting Unit One, from 80 per cent to 90 per cent; Agricultural Science, from 76 per cent to 91 per cent; Applied Mathematics, from 88 per cent to 100 per cent; Economics, from 81 per cent to 90 per cent; Electronic and Electrical Technology, from 80 per cent to 85 per cent; Geography, from 95 per cent to 100 per cent; Pure Mathematics Unit One, from 65 per cent to 88 per cent; Pure Mathematics Unit Two, from 80 per cent to 87 per cent; Chemistry, from 86 per cent to 88 per cent; and Literature, from 95 per cent to 97 per cent. Caribbean Studies and Communication studies – both compulsory subjects – each recorded over 90 per cent.
Stable performances were reported in: Geography, Unit Two; Law, Unit One; Management of Business, Unit One; Physics, Unit Two; Spanish, Unit Two; PE and Sports, Units One and Two; Building and Mechanical Engineering, Unit One; and Green Engineering, Unit Two. (G1)