Shanelle Palma and Kylie Alamilla of SPRC are among the country’s top PSE scorers
Thursday, June 12th, 2014
The Primary School Examination (PSE) results are out and were handed down to school principals on Thursday June 12th by the Ministry of Education and Youth. According to the Ministry of Education and Sports, a total of 7,551 candidates registered for the PSE of which 7,245 candidates actually sat all parts of the exam this year. Of the top 25 outstanding students countrywide, two are from San Pedro Roman Catholic School (SPRCS): Shanelle Palma and Kylie Alamilla.
Ashton Tillett of Crooked Tree Government School in the Belize District captured 371 out of a possible 400 points and was the top student countrywide. There was a tie for second place as Andres Hung of Our Lady of Guadalupe School in the Cayo District and Kenyah Hyde of Bernice York in Belize City both captured 369 out of 400 points. With a score of 363 of a possible 400 points, Shanelle Palma received an average of 90.8%. She tied for 9th place countrywide along with Larry Palma of Holy Angels School in the Stann Creek District and Jonathan Alpuche of Holy Redeemer School in Belize City.
“I am over excited, and I don’t really know if I want to cry or scream,” said a very happy Palma. She “I knew I was going to do well but I certainly did not expected to be the top student on the island” She added, “I studied hard, and my teachers worked very hard with us, offering morning and evening extra classes. My parents also encouraged me to do my best. I am really thankful to my teachers and parents because their investment in me helped me to perform well.” Shanelle will be attending Corozal Community College in the Corozal Distict.
Also in the list of top 25 students countrywide is Kylie Alamilla of SPRC. She captured 361 out of 400 points earning her an average of 90.2%. She placed 13th countrywide, along with Corey Garcia of Bishop Martin Roman Catholic School in the Cayo District, Jonathan Murillo of Belize Elementary School in Belize City and Geon Codd of Saint Andrews Anglican School in the Cayo District. “I am extremely excited and happy. I prepared myself and studied very hard, so I expected a good result. Both my parents and teachers helped me along the way,” said Alamilla who will be attending the San Pedro High School.
Approximately half (51%) of the students countrywide scored a Satisfactory Level of Performance or better (grade C or better). This is up from the 47% in 2013 that scored a Satisfactory Level of Performance or better. As in 2013, the mean score is in the adequate range at 58.4 which is slightly higher than 2013 when it was 57.8. The Mode Grade of C indicates that most students (27%) scored between 60-69, a Satisfactory Level of Performance, and this is one grade higher than last year when the Mode Grade was D. The median score is 60. This is slightly higher than last year when it was 58. Congratulations to all the students of Ambergris Caye who sat the PSE and passed their exam.