Mr President, I am pleased to share with this Honourable Senate the results of the Literacy and Numeracy tests which were sat by students at the grade four level of primary education in June of this year.

The preliminary results showed that in 2017 , 84.6% of all the candidates sitting the Grade 4 Literacy Test received a level of mastery which represents a 5.5 percentage points increase over the 79.1 per cent recorded last year. This is the first time this percentage has been achieved.

A total of 37,894 students – 19,002 males and 18,892 females sat the exam on June 21.

The Numeracy test also recoded an increase in mastery levels attained moving from 58.9% in 2016 to 66% this year, which represents a 7.1 percentage points increase.

The Literacy Test is comprised of three sub-tests:

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