NPSE General Performance Drops

By Stephen V. Lansana

The Ministry of Education Science and Technology (MEST) said in a statement that the highest T-score obtained in the National Primary School Examination (NPSE) is 358; which is slightly below the corresponding score of 362 obtained in 2015.

Its further states that the overall pass rate is 75.3% this year and it was 76 % in 2015; “This is fractionally below that of 2015,” the release stated. It further states that entries for 2016 were 10,984 (5,380 boys and 5,604 girls) greater than that of 2015. “This increase is approximately 10.5% (10.3% boys and 10.7% girls),” the statement pointed out.

It said that from the 115, 556 whose results were presented to the MEST; 86,985 comprising boys and 43,071 girls who passed in line with the cut of grade of 230 as recommended by the ministry. This corresponds to an overall pass rate of 75% of boys and 74% of girls.

In stating the Regional candidate performance, it indicates that the Eastern Province came first with pass rate of 84%; south second with 80 % pass rate; West third with 73% of pass rate and North fourth 69% of pass rate respectively.

The statement further indicates the top ten candidates’ performance in the country, Bah Binta of Becklyn Preparatory Primary School and Wurie Ibrahim Alpha S. scored 358 aggregate each; Zombo Maemah of Josuel Primary School Regent Road Lumley scored 356 aggregates; Schenks Helen Shalom Wokie of S.O.S Herman Gmeiner, Lumley scored 355 aggregates; Femi-Pratt Avril S. of Dele Nursery & Preparatory School Wellington, Turay Adama of S.O.S Herman Gmeiner, Lumley, and Sesay Hassan of JT Reffell Memorial Primary School Tower Hill scored 354 each; Manyeh Nova Kaiwandy of Murray-Deen Preparatory School, Conteh Abdul Kassim of S.O.S Herman Gmeiner, Lumley and Tijan-Bangura Jonathan of JT Reffell Memorial Primary School Tower Hill scored 353 aggregate each.

It also states the top three primary schools in very region; in Eastern Region, Unique Int`l Academy Old Yengema Road Kono 18 pupils sat to the exam and all of them passed with the average aggregate of 316.1. Free The Children Primary School Koidu, 60 pupils sat to the exam and all of them passed with the average aggregate of 310.1 and in U.M.C. School, Jaiama Nimikoro, 45 pupils took the exam and 44 passed having 98% pass rate and average aggregate of 307.4.

In Southern Region, the Quranic Education Primary School for Girls, Bo 59 pupils sat to the exam and all of them passed with the average aggregate 308.1; in R.C. Primary. Zimmi 33 pupils sat to the exam and all of them passed with the average aggregate 307.5; in Oaks Community Primary School, Mendewa Lay-out 44 pupils sat to the exam and all of them passed with the average aggregate303.3 and Tony Blair International Academy, Bo 24 pupils sat to the exam and all of them passed with the average aggregate of 303.3.

In Northern Region, Modern Preparatory School Makeni 33 pupils sat to the exam and all of them passed with the average aggregate 311.4; in Upm Pri. Sch. Massingbi, 69 pupils sat to the exam and all of them passed with the average aggregate307.0; and in M.C.A Primary School, Kurubonia 19 pupils sat to the exam and all of them passed with the average aggregate of 306.3.

In Western Area, Yamakai Action Preparatory School Fatta R. St 25 pupils sat to the exam and all of them passed with the average aggregate of 323.8; in UCC Primary Sch. Tower Hill 28 pupils sat to the exam and got 100% passes with the average aggregate of 317.3; and Comforti Primary School, Calaba Town 48 pupils sat to the exam and all of they got 100% passe with the average aggregate of 316.9.

It further states that there are 752 (22%) schools with all candidates passing the exam in the country. “Eastern and Southern region 175 schools with all candidates passing the exam, North 261 schools and Western Area 141 schools,”.

“There were 115,706 candidates from 3,434 primary schools nationwide that entered for the exam, which includes 57,632 (49.8%) boys and 58,074 (50.2%) of girls; 115, 670 candidates took the exam and there were 36 absentees of whom 21 were boys and 15 girls. However, the results that are about to be presented exclude eight schools that are withheld by West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) for failure from those schools to summit continuous assessment scores for their candidates who are 150 in total,” the statement said.