Having secured outstanding passes in 20 subject areas (18 grade one and two grade two passes) at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination this year, Zimeena Rasheed is preparing to write the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination at President’s College.
Despite several recent daunting concerns about the institution, the former Anna Regina Multilateral School student said that “no other school has really been an option to me, not even Queen’s College.”
Following her completion of CAPE, Zimeena intends to pursue
studies in engineering like her former classmate, Yogeeta Persaud. Yogeeta secured 18 grade one passes at CSEC and plans on heading to university shortly.
The two were yesterday each presented with monetary endowment and a certificate of excellence from the Texila American University through the auspices of the Private Sector Commission (PSC).
Zimeena as the top Student was the recipient of $80,000 which she intends to use to purchase books, possibly at the Austin’s Book Store while Yogeeta was presented with $50,000 which she said will go towards furthering her education.
Speaking at a forum at the PSC Boardroom yesterday, PSC Chairman, Ronald Webster, lauded the move by the Texila University to recognise the outstanding achievements of the girls. He noted that while the incentive might be deemed as small by some it is nevertheless a token to applaud and encourage the good academic work demonstrated.
PSC’s Corporate Director, Kit Nascimento, in addressing the small gathering, which included the top performers’ parents Varina Rasheed (Zimeena’s mother) and Takoor Persaud (Yogeeta’s father) and other PSC members, said that Texila University had only recently become a member of the PSC.
And according to him, “they are already becoming very active members of the Commission. This is a very worthwhile programme that they have become involved in.”
According to Director of International Operations of the University, Ashok Kumar, “We are very happy as a private institution in Guyana to come out with a rewarding opportunity for the top two students.”
Kumar said that the University was first introduced in Guyana in 2010 with a Doctorate in Medicine Programme and by May 2011 had merely seven individuals making up its first batch. Currently the University has two branches, one at Woolford Avenue and another at Sparendaam, East Coast Demerara with close to 300 student population.
“I think we are progressing and we have also see a lot of advantage for the students especially the international student who come to Guyana to study and the local students also get benefits which comes as part of our social responsibility,” added Kumar.
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