Hindu school first to introduce CAPE in Region 3
The privately own Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) Hindu secondary school located at Cornelia Ida, West Coast Demerara, is slated to introduce Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) into its curriculum come 2013. With this implemented, SVN will be the only secondary school in Region Three to offer the programme.
CAPE is designed to provide certification of the academic, vocational and technical achievement of students in the Caribbean who, having completed a minimum of five years of secondary education, wish to further their studies. The examinations address the skills and knowledge acquired by students under a flexible and articulated system where subjects are organized in 1-Unit or 2-Unit courses with each Unit containing three Modules. Subjects examined under CAPE can be studied concurrently or singly.
SVN’s management disclosed that many parents whose children are currently enrolled in the school’s system, have signaled “strong interest” in the implementation of the exam and having their children be among the first to make use of the advanced stage of exams offered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
Recently, SVN announced that all three of its students sent on scholarships to the United States of America have returned to Guyana. The last to return was Natasha Persaud who landed on June 17 last.
The other two students returned in 2011. These were Nirmala Singh and Kaminie Singh.
Persaud did a business degree at York College, City University of New York. She was among the best graduating students at SVN in 2006 CSEC examinations, in addition to being the first student to have officially enrolled in the school after taking a transfer from a prominent city school. She is now teaching at SVN.
Also, Nirmala Singh was the SVN’s Best Graduating Student in 2005. She studied Mathematics Education at Brooklyn College, CUNY. Prior to returning, Nirmala taught in New York City schools as a requirement for her degree. She too is now a teacher at SVN.
Kaminie Singh graduated from Lehman College with a degree in English Education. Kaminie was SVN’s Best Graduating student in 2006. She graduated from Lehman with honours. She now teaches English Language and Literature at SVN.
The School’s management said that all three of the scholars will be an asset when the school introduces CAPE in 2013
The scholarships for these three former SVN students were financed by a single extended USA-based Guyanese Hindu family, the Ramnarayans.
According to the founder and principal of SVN, without the intervention of the Ramnarayans, it would not have been possible to provide these scholarships.
This newspaper understands that the family has committed to supporting future scholarship programmes of the school.
In the meantime, Swami Aksharananda has indicated that the institution will continue to invest in the training and development of its young teachers.