My apologies. I know it’s been some time since you’ve heard from me but chill out because I’ve got some good news. (And I’m fine in case you want to know. :-))
So here are some numbers. 5 students from the Pamplemousses center and 6 students from the Roches Bois center took part in the CPE exams in 2013. The good news? 8 of them passed the CPE exams and have now joined a secondary school (clap!). That’s a pass rate of 72.7%. Not so bad isn’t it?
Our CPE program started in October 2012 in Roches Bois. Classes in Pamplemousses started in April 2013. At the start, we focused mainly on English and then slowly started to add Science and Maths classes. Many of the kids had difficulties with English and still do. This is a major issue since exams for all the other subjects are in English. But thanks to the hard work and dedication of our volunteers, we have observed that most of the students have started to make real progress. If you ask me, our greatest achievement has been to instill in many of the students an interest for learning.
One month before the exams, we implemented a special extensive CPE revision program. The aim was to prepare them for working under exam conditions and also to tell and show them that we believed in them. People fear exams. (Not only kids, adults too!) As a result many students fail because they can’t perform optimally under exam conditions. That’s what we wanted to work on.
This year we are aiming for an 80% pass rate.
As for the three students who didn’t pass, they are still part of our program and will take the exams again this year. I firmly believe they can make it.
Big congratulations to our ELI Students!