Thousands of students received their CSEC and CAPE results yesterday, although CSEC students had their results delayed from 5 pm to 8 pm.

A message posted on the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Social Media page announced the delay, leaving many a bit disappointed.

“Omg we don’t have any more patience,” Keela commented.

CAPE results were posted on schedule.

CXC, meanwhile, announced that there were grade improvements.

“There would have been a 3.81 per cent improvement in the overall performance for CSEC,” CXC Director of Operations Nicole Manning said.

“We saw a slight reduction for CAPE,” she said.

But even with that decrease, Manning said more students showed up for this year’s exam during a pandemic.

“That’s something I don’t think the region should lose because we were able we saw a significant reduction in the number of the person who would have been absent for the exams,” Manning said.

The exams that were scheduled for May/June took place in July as CXC made adjustments to the exam papers. But the changes did not stop students from improving.

Twelve per cent of CSEC Mathematics candidates obtained grades one when compared to eight per cent in 2019 and 11 per cent in 2018.

Fifty-two per cent of CSEC students passed Math, a marked improvement from 46 per cent in 2019 and a slight improvement from 49 in 2018.

Seventy-two per cent of students across the region who sat CAPE Math attained acceptable grades.

Manning said students also showed a slight improvement for CSEC English with 82 per cent attaining an acceptable grade with 23 per cent receiving grade one.

There were also slight improvements in other subjects such as Sciences, Social Studies and History.

There were several calls for the exams to be postponed but CXC Registrar and CEO Dr Wayne Wesley said he was happy that the exam took place when it did.

“Given what has happened in other parts of the world we should be proud,” he said.