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SAN FERNANDO EAST SECONDARY SCHOOL
The Impact of the Gender
Initiative at San Fernando
East Secondary School
Nelson Mandela once said that
“Education is the most powerful
weapon which you can use to change
In 2010, the world of the students who began attend-
ing San Fernando East Secondary School was posi-
tively altered by the experience of being participants
in a single gender school.
In 2015, this first set of girls wrote the CSEC O’Level Examinations. Their results are the
best that have been attained at the school since it began to participate in the CSEC certifi-
cation process in 2008. Throughout the lead up to these exams they were reminded daily of
who they were; the first in a crop of students who had been part of a special project aimed
at improving schools in our country. The result was improved English and Mathematics
results; an increase in the number of students attaining five or more passes from ten to
twenty-three students and a further upward movement from eight students attaining both
English and Mathematics to eleven of them falling into that bracket.
Someone attending one of the more traditional schools may be unimpressed by such out-
comes, but we at San Fernando East Secondary School understand the many challenges
and obstacles that must be faced in order to get our students to the level that they were able
There are two sets of “all girls” groups that must face the examination in 2016 and 2017 and
the hope is high that they will be able to perform at an even better standard. In order for
this goal to be achieved parents especially have been asked to partner with us and an urgent
appeal is being made to all stakeholders to take another look at our school and to note how
many positive steps are being taken to move the institution forward.
San Fernando East Secondary School was swiftly de-shifted, converted in 2006 and began
to be judged on its CSEC passes (2008) which the “special” students who had been placed
there were expected to write within the same time frame as their counterparts in the more
traditional schools where the students not only could read and write exceptionally well, but
were privileged to live in a sector of society which many of our school’s population could
not even imagine, so far removed was it from their daily reality.
Thus, I wish to salute the staff and students of San Fernando East Secondary School who
continue to fight to explore and fulfill their potential even in the face of the many nay-
sayers who do not wish to appreciate, understand or acknowledge that this is a “good”
school from which many individuals who now operate within the highest spheres in our
society have graduated. All it takes is a willingness to work diligently, to be disciplined in
one’s pursuit of one’s goals and the confidence to know that one can accomplish anything
through God’s grace and guidance.
I therefore challenge our present Form Five students and those who are following swiftly
in their wake to meet the challenges head on, believe in themselves, cooperate fully with
their teachers and show gratitude to their parents by giving them that sublime moment of
pride when you depart from our school with your hearts, minds, spirits and hands filled
with the tools, skills, values, attitudes and behaviours that set you apart and mark you as a
proud product of our institution.
Well done, class of 2015! You have run the first leg well and successfully passed the baton
on to those who now must run the other legs of this ongoing educational race. On behalf
of all staff at your alma mater, I wish you the very best as you continue along life’s long and
often winding road.
Thanks also to the LSB for recognizing and valuing the work that has been and continues
to be done at our school.
An analysis of the 2015 results revealed:
1. Only two students left with no passes unlike in 2008 when 45% of our students left in
2. 31% of our students attained 5 or more subjects and 76% gained three or more passes
3. For the first time the school achieved a 75% pass rate in Technical Drawing which in the
past was written only by boys and in which we only attained a pass rate of 5%.
Special thanks to the Local School Board, our sponsor - Strategic Asset Solutions and
Community Comfort Patrol and Major Joseph A. Bridgewater for their support and
commitment in making this project a reality.
A team of Technology Education students was selected as one of the qualifying finalists
in the “How Safe Is Your Food” Challenge hosted by the Pan American Health Organiza-
tion (PAHO)/World Health Organization (WHO) and our MOE. Students had to identify a
food safety issue at their school and implement a campaign to address this. The team made
presentations to students, created flyers and posters and even composed a theme song to
deliver their message about the importance of washing one’s hands. This campaign was
then compiled as a digital presentation. The team comprised of the following students:
Genever Bailey; Toni Glasgow;
Faith Gomez; Delesha Martin;
Sapphire Mitchell and David Ram-
lakan and facilitated by, Ms. Karen
Dick-Roach. On Friday 16th Octo-
ber 2015, the team placed third at
the World Food Day Seminar and
Prize Giving Ceremony which was
held at UTT, Valsayn. Each student
was awarded a smartphone from
Microsoft. Congratulations to the
participating students as well as
their mentoring teachers!
The graph reveals that for the years 2008 through 2011 the percentage of passes stood
below 10%. There were zero passes for the years 2012—2014.
However, our first cohort of female students managed to achieve a 75% pass rate for this
subject. This marked the first time that girls were doing Technical Drawing for CSEC.
The graph above shows the CSEC results between 2014 (co-educational cohort) and
2015 (single gender cohort). The number of students attaining four or more subjects
increased significantly from 18 in 2014 to 39 in 2015.
Fewer students in 2015 attained zero passes (2) as compared to thirteen students in 2014.
The graph below shows the school’s performance over time 2009 –2015 with respect to
(National Certificate of Secondary Education) NCSE examinations. From the graph, we
can see that in 2009 the school’s performance was beneath the national average. In addi-
tion it is apparent that the school is currently on an upward trajectory in NCSE perfor-
mance. The cohorts of girls continued on the growth path.
There is a strong correlation among the NCSE performance, CSEC performance and the
single sex initiative with our cohorts of girls.
In 2015, our NCSE results outstripped the national average by 23%.
The graph above shows the following:
1. In 2009, the percentage of students attaining zero passes at the CSEC level was
45%, (Prior to single sex initiative) while only 3% got 5 or more passes.
2. In 2015, 31% of our first cohort of females under the single sex initiative
achieved five or more passes at CSEC, while only 2 students got zero passes. L-R GENEVER BAILEY, DELESHA MARTIN,SAPPHIRE MITCHELL,
FAITH GOMEZ,TONI GLASGOW, DAVID RAMLAKHAN,
MRS KAREN DICK-ROACH
The graph to the left reveals the consistently high performances in subjects such as
Physical Education and Agricultural Science with several years having 100% success
The first cohort of girls wrote CSEC in 2015 and we can suggest that the upward climb
in CSEC pass rates is due in part to the single sex initiative.
The data also shows that the success rates at our institution is comparable to the perfor-
mances at government assisted institutions .
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