The total number of all candidates who sat for the June ‘A’ level 2016 examination was
4 007 as compared to 4 086 in June 2015, a decrease of 1.9%. However, the candidature is comparable for the two years. The number of all candidates who obtained Grade E or better was
3 464. This gives a percentage pass rate of 86, 45 for all candidates. The number of school candidates was 1 916 and for private candidates it was 2 091. The total number of candidates who sat for two or more subjects was 1 844 which is 46 % of the total candidature of 4 007. The percentage pass rate for the school candidates who wrote two or more subject is 84, 13 and 60, 8 for private candidates.
TABLE 1: 2016 JUNE ‘A’ LEVEL NATIONAL PASS RATE
|Number of candidates who wrote two or more subjects||Number of candidates who passed two or more subjects with E or better||Percentage Pass Rate of candidates who got E or better|
|School Candidates||630||530||84, 13|
|Private Candidates||1 214||738||60, 8|
The table above shows that there were more private candidates who registered for the June examinations than school candidates.
TABLE 2: NUMBER OF SUBJECTS WRITTEN AND THEIR ENTRIES
|Number of Subjects written||Candidates who wrote 1 subject||Candidates who wrote 2 subjects||Candidates who wrote 3 subjects||Candidates who wrote 4 subjects||Candidates who wrote 5 subjects||Total|
|Number of Candidates||2 163||1 298||536||9||1||4 007|
The table above includes entries for all candidates. Table 3 below presents the number of candidates who wrote two or more subjects, candidates who passed two or more subjects with ‘E’ or better and the percentage pass rate. The analysis has been grouped into two distinct categories, namely; School and Private candidates.
TABLE 3: NUMBER OF SUBJECT/S PASS RATE ANALYSIS
|Candidates who sat for 1 subject||Candidates who obtained Grade E or better in 1 subject||% pass rate for 1 subject||Candidates who sat for 2 subjects||Candidates who obtained Grade E or better in 2 subjects||% pass rate for 2 subjects||Candidates who sat for 3 subjects||Candidates who obtained Grade E or better in 3 subjects||% pass rate for 3 subjects|
|School candidates||1 286||1 159||90,12||548||452||82, 48||79||51||64, 56|
|Private candidates||877||629||71, 72||750||394||52, 53||457||184||40, 26|
Table 3 continued
|Candidates who sat for 4 subjects||Candidates who obtained Grade E or better in 4 subjects||% pass rate for 4 subjects||Candidates who sat for 5 subjects||Candidates who obtained Grade E or better in 5 subjects||% pass rate for 5 subjects|
|Private candidates||6||1||16, 67||1||0||0|
From Table 3 above, the majority of school candidates sat for just 1 subject.
TABLE 4: PERCENTAGE PASS RATES BY GENDER AND NUMBER OF SUBJECTS
|Candidates who passed 1 subject||%age Pass rate for 1 subject||Candidates who passed 2 subjects||%age Pass rate for 2 subjects||Candidates who passed 3 subjects||%age Pass rate for 3 subjects||Candidates who passed 4 subjects||%age Pass rate for 4 subjects||Candidates who wrote 5 subjects||%age Pass rates|
|School||578||91, 31||198||79, 52||11||57, 89||2||100||–||–|
|Males||964||81,42||483||64, 14||150||45, 18||1||20||1||0|
|School||581||88, 97||254||84, 95||40||66, 67||1||100||–||–|
|Private||383||72, 13||229||50, 44||110||40, 44||0||0||0||0|
From the table above, more male candidates sat for the June examinations.
TABLE 5: SUBJECT PASS RATE ANALYSIS
|Subject Code||Subject Name||Candidates Status||Entries per subject||Number of candidates with Grade E or better||% percentage pass rate of candidates who got Grade E or better|
|8007||ENGLISH & COMMUNICATION||School Candidates||55||55||100|
|9153||LITERATURE IN ENGLISH||School Candidates||31||28||90, 32|
|9154||DIVINITY||School Candidates||205||187||91, 22|
|Private Candidates||186||142||76, 34|
|9155||HISTORY||School Candidates||371||366||98, 65|
|Private Candidates||250||227||90, 8|
|9156||GEOGRAPHY||School Candidates||519||426||82, 08|
|Private Candidates||377||175||46, 42|
|Private Candidates||45||18||42, 22|
|9158||ECONOMICS||School Candidates||173||161||93, 06|
|Private Candidates||585||497||84, 96|
|9164||MATHEMATICS||School Candidates||343||303||88, 34|
|Private Candidates||677||402||59, 38|
|9188||PHYSICS||School Candidates||90||80||88, 89|
|Private Candidates||104||76||73, 08|
|9189||CHEMISTRY||School Candidates||104||95||91, 35|
|Private Candidates||134||100||74, 63|
|9190||BIOLOGY||School Candidates||163||158||96, 93|
|Private Candidates||87||64||73, 56|
|9196||GEOMETRICAL &MECHANICAL /BUILDING DRAWING||School Candidates||10||8||90|
|9197||ACCOUNTING||School Candidates||245||176||71, 84|
|Private Candidates||653||345||52, 83|
|9198||BUSINESS STUDIES||School Candidates||373||350||93, 83|
|Private Candidates||644||511||79, 35|
From the table above, school and private candidates performed well in all subjects. However, private candidates did not do well in Geography and Sociology. Table 6 below shows the year on year comparison of the pass rates analysis of all candidates over the years 2012-2016.
TABLE 6: YEAR ON YEAR COMPARISON OF PASS RATES FOR THOSE WHO WROTE 2 OR MORE SUBJECTS- JUNE 2012 TO JUNE 2015
|Year||Candidates who wrote two or more subjects||Candidates who passed 2 or more subjects with Grade E or better||Percentage (%) pass rates|
|2013||2 094||1 138||54,35|
|2015||1 895||1 325||69,92|
|2016||1 844||1 268||68, 76|
The table above shows the number of candidates who sat for two or more subjects since 2013. This year’s percentage pass rate is comparable with the previous years.
SPECIAL NEEDS CANDIDATES
For the June 2016 session, there were no special needs candidates who registered for ‘A’ Level examinations as has been the case with previous years. The majority of special needs candidates prefer to take their exams during the November examination session.
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