GIS – 11 December 2013: The Certificate of Primary Education (CPE) 2013 results were made public this morning by the Mauritius Examinations Syndicate (MES). Out of the 18 223 school candidates examined for the first time in the Republic of Mauritius, 14 119 passed representing a percentage of 77.48%. This year’s pass rate represents an increase of 1.04% compared to 76.44% for last year.
A reasonable performance, according to the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Dr. Vasant Bunwaree, who held a press conference at the MITD House, Phoenix.
The number of candidates who repeated the CPE Examinations was 4 196 and out of those, 1 634 passed at their second attempt, representing a pass rate of 38.94%. The pass rate for the 1 517 candidates from Zones d’Education Prioritaires (ZEP) schools is 46.4%.
The number of school candidates examined in Rodrigues stands at 1 051. The pass rates for the first and second sittings in Rodrigues are 75.84% and 35.25% respectively.
According to Minister Bunwaree, the performance subject-wise, excluding Asian Languages and Arabic, is in the range of 79.96% to 73.45%, with the highest percentage pass in Maths. Percentage pass rate has improved in nearly all core subjects except French.
He pointed out that it must also be noted that 2 122 pupils, that is, 886 boys and 1 236 girls, have obtained at least 4 A + as compared to 2 079 last year. Furthermore, he recalled that for the first time, a resit examination is being held for CPE on 20 December 2013.
Dr. Bunwaree also announced that the Ministry is exploring the idea of having questions in both English and French for the Maths and Science CPE question papers.
MES will inform some 1 779 CPE candidates who have to resit for one subject only. English is the subject for which there is the largest number of candidates for resit (992 candidates); Mathematics (376 candidates); French (378 candidates); Science (17 candidates); History/Geography (15 candidates) and Hindi (1 candidate).
A remedial programme, Resit Remedial Classes, for the resit examinations will be held from 12 to 19 December 2013, in 36 regional centres in Mauritius, 4 centres in Rodrigues and 1 centre in Agalega. The resit examination will be held on Friday 20 December 2013 and the results will be proclaimed on 30 December 2013.
In January 2014, 149 schools will admit students in Form I. The 149 schools comprise the following: 68 state-owned secondary schools, of which 15 admit students on a national basis and 53 admit students on a regional basis, and the other 81 secondary schools are private-aided.
The total number of seats that will be made available in 2014 amounts to 17 944, of which 7 875 seats (44%) are provided by the state sector and the remaining 10 069 seats (56%) by the private sector. Of the 7 875 seats in state-owned schools, 1 870 seats will be available in National Schools and 6 005 seats in Regional Schools.