Oct 04, 2008 News
The activities for Education Month came to an end yesterday with a grand awards ceremony at the National Culture Centre, which saw some four dozen students who were identified as the outstanding performers being aptly awarded.
And among the awardees were the three students who were regarded the country’s top performers – Karen Kowlessar of the Cyril Potter College of Education, Yana Marisa Edwards of Queen’s College, and Rahul Lall of the Anna Regina Secondary — who with much pride received trophies.
Both Edwards and Lall attained 14 grade one passes. However, Edwards gained a double-award. Lall also secured an additional two grade two passes while Edwards got one. They both excelled at the 2008 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Examinations, with the Queen’s College student taking the top spot for the senior secondary school level, and the Anna Regina student securing a similar spot at the junior secondary level.
She was also adjudged the best overall performer at CSEC and the best performer in Science, an award she shared with Aaron Haroldsingh, also of Queen’s College.
Edwards was also closely followed in the senior secondary level top performance by her colleagues Simanthani Lalaram and Farzana Razack.
Rizwan Saffie of Bishops High and Eileen Marray of the New Amsterdam Multilateral were awarded honourable mentions.
In addition to Rahul Lall, the other top performers at the junior secondary level were Vickram Deonarine and Yashoda Naraine, also of the Anna Regina Secondary School.
Nazana Weeks, another QC student, copped the top spot for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), ahead of school mates Wainella Issacs and Makesha Archer, along with Linbert Lewis of President’s College.
Robert Mansell, another QC student, with four A’s, was awarded the best performer spot for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) Advanced Level examinations, a performance that was closely followed by his colleagues Roopesh Sukhu and Shirvanie Persaud.
And at the GCE Advanced Subsidiary level, the best performers were Aviance Carter, Makesha Archer, Abdool Jabar and Wallissa Roberts, who were all drawn from QC.
Top performers of the National Grade Six Assessment examinations, Yogeeta Persaud, Sayyid Rajab and Arianna Seeraj, received awards, as did Saieed Khalil, Reshana Thomas and Yeshana Ganpat of the Grade Nine Assessment.
Additionally, outstanding students of the Carnegie School of Home Economics, the Government Technical Institute, the New Amsterdam Technical Institute and the Essequibo Technical Institute were awarded yesterday.
Education Minister Shaik Baksh congratulated the students for their achievements, which he noted could not have been possible without the contribution of several other persons whom he noted are outlined clearly in the theme of Education Month, ‘Education of the child: a parent and teacher obligation’.
The Minister reminded the students that they could not have been successful without dedicated teachers to take them through the years of schooling and the completion of the curriculum, coupled with the support of their parents.
He expressed optimism that other students would be inspired by the performances of the outstanding students and be encouraged to work hard, so that they also could be high achievers.
And even as Education Month activities came to an end yesterday, the minister especially commended education managers, school managers and teachers for their immense contribution to the success of the observance which highlighted the importance of education of the child.
According to Minister Baksh, Guyana would not be able to move forward socially, culturally or economically unless there is a highly educated workforce, which begins at the pre-primary level, or nursery level, all the way to university.
As such, Minister Baksh disclosed, the goal of the Education Ministry is to restore Guyana’s top position in the Caribbean, even as he noted that local students have been doing well over the years, particularly in Science.
He, however, noted that much more must be done in terms of the amount of students that are gaining grades one to three in five or more subjects.
Prime Minister Samuel Hinds, who along with Minister within the Education Ministry, Dr Desrey Fox, and other dignitaries were present, urged the students not to see their achievements only as an adornment, but as a recognition to deliver to the society what they have been taught.
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