Nearly 3% Of PEP Students Ranked ‘Highly Proficient’

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Students around the country learned their Primary Exit Profile,PEP, results today, but, only approximately 3% of these students were highly proficient in all four subjects.

The Education Ministry revealed the statistics at a media conference at its Heroes Circle office today.

Overall, the Ministry says all students who sat PEP were placed in a secondary school.

In addition, more than 17,000 students were placed in one of their top three choices of schools.

William Mitchell was at the media conference at files this report.


When the grades of the students are examined, it shows that just under 3% of all students who sat the exam were highly proficient in all four subjects sat in the exam.

Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Karl Samuda, says only 1116 of the more than 40,000 students who sat the exam were highly proficient in all subjects.

He then made an attempt to clarify his comments.

But he could not provide figures to say how many students in total were found to be highly proficient in all subjects.

Minister Samuda says he’s encouraged by the results.

Students performed best in Social Studies where a combined 63% were either proficient or highly proficient.

Next comes Language Arts where a combined 55% of students were either proficient or highly proficient.

Minister Samuda notes more work needs to be done in Mathematics and Science where less than 50% of students combined are proficient or highly proficient.

For Mathematics, only 40% of students are proficient or highly proficient and in Science that number is 40% .



William Mitchell is a sports-fanatic turned journalist. He graduated from CARIMAC in 2016. He interned at the Jamaica Gleaner covering sports and joined NNN in 2017. Mitchell covers crime for Nationwide. He’s been to every single zone of special operations across the island.


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