Officials of the Ministry of Education and Technical and Vocational Training released the 2023 results of the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) and Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examinations at a press conference held on Wednesday.

It was revealed that of the more than five thousands students who sat the BGCSE examinations 544 received a grade of C or higher in five or more subjects.  It represents a 14.06% decline from the previous results released in 2022.

Acting Director of Education Dominique McCartney-Russell said, “this represents 10.09% of the overall candidature.  A total of 901 candidates obtained a minimum grade of D in at least five subjects.  This represents a 16.71% of the overall candidature and a 5.63 decrease when compared to last year.”

McCartney-Russell also revealed, “males performance when compared to last year decreased at B and C but remained that same at D and increased at E to G. Most notable their performance at A increased significantly and dropped at U significantly.”

As to the BJC results, 10,933 students sat the examinations.  According to McCartney-Russell, of that amount, 1,417 or 12.96% of the overall candidature received a grade C or above.  She said, “this is a 4.11% increase when compared to last year when only 1,361 candidates received a grade of C pr higher in five or more subjects.”

The minister responsible for education also took part in the press conference.  The Hon. Glenys Hanna Martin said, “our curriculum changes such as those that are now underway in grade one, for example, which is to ensure that in the first term there is a concentration on literacy and numeracy to build a strong foundation for all other learning.  And we believe this will help to shift the paradigm.”