North Georgetown Secondary secures overwhelming CXC passes
Put aside the top achievers at Queen’s College, Bishops’ High, Saint Stanislaus College and focus on what some say are the low performing High Schools in Guyana. That notion changed this year after the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations results were released. The top student of North Georgetown Secondary was 17-yearold David Prince. Prince secured eight grade one passes with five distinctions and three grade twos.
The North Georgetown Secondary School has emerged as one of the most improved schools in Georgetown after students secured an overwhelming percent of grades one to three passes. The success that the school has seen this year can be attributed to tremendous team work among students and teachers. However, the pilot project which the Ministry of Education implemented a few months before the examinations is also partly responsible. The Education Ministry has, over the years, implemented methods aimed at improving student performance in Mathematics and English. A five-month pilot project was launched last December.
The project targets fifth form students from secondary schools in Regions Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven, Nine and Ten. It provides students and teachers with teaching and learning resources, inclusive of calculators, text books, solutions for Mathematics and English, learning DVDs, and teaching guides.
Some of the schools identified to be in the pilot project included Abram Zuil – which produced the top CSEC performer– and Aurora, in Region Two; Stewartville, Leonora, and Zeeburg, in Region Three; Annandale, Covent Garden, and Bladen Hall, in Region Four; East Ruimveldt, North Georgetown, Brickdam, and Richard Ishmael in Georgetown; Bush Lot, Bygeval, and Woodley Park primary-top, in Region Five; Tagore, New Amsterdam Multilateral, and Skeldon Line Path, in Region Six; Three Miles in Region Seven7; St. Ignatius, in Region Nine; and Mackenzie High, Silver City, and Christianburg, in Region Ten.
Head mistress for the North Georgetown School, Mrs. Debroah Greenidge-Hinds, told Kaieteur News that she was extremely pleased with this year’s performance. The head teacher said that she has always instilled in her students the desire to always be exceptional.
The top performers are: David Prince – eight grade ones, three grade twos; Shaka Braithwaite – seven grade ones, two grades two; Govind Singh – six grade ones, four grade twos; and Felicia Jodhan and Yearaaj Lall who secured eight subject passes with grade ones and twos. Tashanna Lowe, Pravindra Lall, Hera Mohabeer also placed in the top ten for the school, securing grade one to three passes.
Education Minister Priya Manickchand yesterday told Kaieteur News that although the project has seen successful, she intends to expand it further in the same targeted schools instead of pushing into other schools. The Minister said that the Ministry is looking into further measures to ensure that the project is a continued success.