SPRCS’s Betty Alpuche and Shanelly Gutierrez are San Pedro’s top PSE Scorers

Friday, June 12th, 2015

The Primary School Examination (PSE) results are finally out, and students across the island showed excellent performance. Once again, San Pedro’s top scorers are from the San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School (SPRCS). Betty Alpuche and Shanelly Gutierrez both scored 91.3% in their examinations. In a close third was The Island Academy’s Luis Nuñez with 90.3%, while New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist Primary School’s Elias Zetina took the fourth highest score on the island with 88.3%. Gabriel Hope of Bernice Yorke Primary School, Belize City, is the top scorer in the country of Belize, with a score of 96.5% 386/400.PSE Top Scorers Betty Alpuche Shanelly Guttierez-1
On Wednesday, June 10th, The San Pedro Sun spoke with top island scorers Betty and Shanelly who were very proud of their accomplishments. “I studied really hard,” said Betty. “I am definitely happy with my results.” Shannelly shared similar sentiments.
Top three PSE scorers for each school in San Pedro are as follows:
San Pedro Roman Catholic Primary School
Betty Alpuche and Shanelly Gutierrez 91.3%
Samir Nuñez 86.3%
Bianca Palma 85%
Holy Cross Anglican Primary School
Mercy Chacon 77%
Kevin Flores 75.3%
Noe Sosa 75.3%
New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist Primary School
Elias Zetina 88.3%
Michael Carmona 76.3%
Vashlee Williams 75.8%
The Island Academy
Luis Nuñez 90.3%
Tahryneh Pott 87.3%
Faith Edgar 78.3%
Isla Bonita Elementary
Ashley Minott 79.8%
Gaven Zapata 79.8%
Winston Panton 75%
Ambergris Caye Elementary School
Diego Francis 80.3%
Jake Cornelier 76.3%
Hailey Manzano 75%
The PSE marks the end of the students’ tenure at primary school institutions. The Ministry of Education, in a Press Release dated June 8, 2015, reiterated the purpose of the Primary Selection Examination. “The PSE assesses achievement of curriculum content and skills in the four (4) areas of English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science of the National Primary School Curriculum. The examination is criterion-referenced meaning that performance of “each individual is compared with a preset standard for acceptable achievement…The performance of other examinees is irrelevant.”1In this way, the examination seeks not to rank students in comparison to other students (as in norm-referencing) but to report what each student has achieved for individual subjects.”
The release further stated that the “PSE is not and was never intended to be used as the sole criteria for entrance into secondary schools. Secondary schools are advised to use multiple sources of evidence of students’ achievement and holistic development at primary school to get a more complete picture of the students’ abilities, strengths and weaknesses in informing educational decisions with respect to the students they enroll and serve.”

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