Ministry advises that 2018 exam results ready

The Ministry of Education Sports and Culture (M.E.S.C.) has released the results of the 2018 Samoa Secondary School Leaving Certificate examinations back to the colleges.

The Ministry, in a statement released yesterday, said the results were given back to the principals and sector partners including the National University of Samoa (NUS), to enable the university to go ahead with early enrolment.

The Minister for Education Sports and Culture, Loau Keneti Sio Solamalemalo, endorsed the national results for release to the principals last Friday.

Loau had noted with approval the critical changes in the 2018 examinations, which targeted higher level learning skills of students such as critical thinking and problem-solving attributes. This strategy is all part and parcel of the Ministry’s overall shift to outcomes-based education, to ensure learners are adept and productive with technological advancements of the 21st century and global climate change.

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With the many new initiatives taking place in schools, the Ministry said the 2018 results were reassuring, and was an indication of the positive changes occurring in Samoan classrooms. 

According to the Ministry, the subjects under the microscope include mathematics and English and while a slight drop was noted in the latter, it was pleasing to note that steady progress has been made over the past four years in mathematics. 

Gagana Samoa has continued to be a high scoring subject for students, with the Ministry saying that the marks showed its popularity and Samoan language and culture is being preserved and valued in schools. 

In the sciences, chemistry and biology showed slight improvements though that was a slight drop in physics according to the Ministry. 

“For those wanting to find out more on the National results and what the statistics reveal about teaching and learning in Samoan schools, MESC’s annual conference on the 21st January 2019, is the place to be,” the Ministry added.

A total of 1752 students sat the SSLC in 2018 in which 18 subjects were examined. The SSLC results are informative and no doubt for the MESC and college principals, they will be keen to examine and identify ‘success’ (or ‘non-success’) of strategies and learning implemented in previous years.

The results released are provisional only and enable students to apply for a subject recount if they wish. 

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