The Parkinson Memorial Secondary School is seeing improvements in academic results among final year students.
And principal Jeffrey Broomes said he would keep doing everything in his power to ensure the trend continued for years to come.
Delivering the principal’s report at the school’s annual speech day and prize giving ceremony at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic on Wednesday, Broomes said when compared to 2011 and 2012, there was an increase in the percentage of students completing subjects in the Caribbean Examination Council this year.
Broomes took up the post of principal at The Pine, St Michael institution in January of this year, when he was transferred from The Alexandra School. “From the outset I did a lot of reading, and I was unhappy with what the available statistics said to me,” he said.
“And I pledged that I would do everything possible to assist students whom I believe should accrue more benefits from the different approaches they should be exposed to during their school lives.”
In 2011, the CXC pass rate stood at 44.6 per cent, compared to 44.9 per cent in 2012 and 52.6 per cent for 2013. Broomes said in 2011 the number of students leaving school with no certificate “stood at a disappointing 69.3 per cent” and 61.6 per cent the following year.
“That is not good enough for our national investment,” said Broomes.
He added that for 2013 “the subject distribution shows that four subjects attained a 100 per cent pass rate [and] five subjects attained 75 per cent or better”. “In relation to the student profile, there were 152 certificate passes with one student receiving six certificates, four receiving five, seven [students] receiving four [certificates] and 12 receiving three as the highlight,” said Broomes.
He said: “This may have absolutely nothing to do with my being here, but I can assure you that I will do all within my power for the time that I am here to institutionalize structures that will maintain the 50 to 60 per cent range that I believe adequately represents appropriate incremental improvement to suit our intake profile.”
A number of students received special prizes for their academic, sport and extra-curricular activities performances throughout the school year.
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