Dominica has recorded its best performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams since 2013, Local CXC Registrar, Magalie Celestine has announced. Celestine, who was addressing a press conference where the 2018 results were released on Wednesday 15 August, said Dominica’s overall performance was twelve points above the regional average. “When we compared our subject performance to that of the region, Dominica’s overall performance is 82 percent, which is some twelve points above the regional average,” Celestine said. “Dominican students performed above the regional average in thirty out of the thirty-three subject areas attempted,” she continued. In addition, Celestine reported that there was “a 3.6 percent increase” in the overall percentage pass of students receiving grades one, two and three in the 2018 CSEXC exams compared to 2017. “We received an overall eighty-two percent pass this year; this is the best performance since 2013,” Celestine stated. This year, four schools showed marked improvement in their overall performances, which Celestine highlighted. A thirteen percent increase was recorded for the Dominica Community High School, twelve percent increase for St. Martin’s Secondary School, nine percent increase for the Dominica Grammar School and eight percent increase for the Arthur Waldron Seventh Day Adventist Academy, formerly the Dominica Seventh Day Adventist Secondary School. All fifteen (15) secondary schools submitted a total of seven hundred and seventy-nine (779) candidates for the CSEC exams. This figure represents ninety (90) students less than last year when eight hundred and sixty-nine (869) students sat the exam. A total of nine hundred and seventy-six (976) candidates wrote the CSEC exams in thirty-three subject areas. There was also a decrease in the number of private candidates registered for the CSEC exams; one hundred and ninety-seven (197) in 2018 compared to three hundred and ninety-seven (397) in 2017. “We are all well aware of the factors that contributed to the decreasing numbers, both for school candidates and private candidates,” Celestine said.