With emphasis on the fact that Guyana recorded its best performance in the area of Mathematics this year, Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, yesterday officially announced the 2014 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination results.
Speaking to a gathering in the Kingston, Georgetown, National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD) auditorium, the Minister informed that the performance in Mathematics moved from 28.92 per cent in 2013, to 38.7 per cent this year.
The announcement, which was broadcast live via the National Communications Network and streamed on the Ministry’s website, prompted a bout of applause from the audience at NCERD and was followed by the Minister’s declaration that “this is the best that Guyana has ever done in the history of our country in Mathematics.”
In fact, Minister Manickchand pointed out that the general analysis of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC)’s examination this year reveals that the overall pass rate at the General and Proficiencies for Grade One to Three was 60.21 per cent. This, according to her, represents a marginal improvement from the 59.31 per cent in 2013. However, the overall Grade One to Four Pass rate for this year was a noticeable 88.44 per cent.
The May/June CSEC examination saw a total of 13,724 (4,887 males and 8,837 females), with 8,642 being from public schools and 5,082 from private school, participating. And Minister Manickchand was keen to point out that the private school entries represented a mere 37 per cent of the total.
Local candidates, according to the Education Minister, wrote 35 subjects and based on the results obtained, there were excellent performances in 12 areas where the Grade One to Three passes exceeded 75 per cent. These subject areas were: Agriculture Science, Food and Nutrition, French, Home Economics Management, Information Technology, Physics, Religious Education, Theatre Arts, Electronic Documentation Preparation and Management, Physical Education and Sport, Additional Mathematics and Building Technology.
Queen’s College was able to reclaim the top performing place this year and copped several spots within the top 10 performing candidates, while there were several candidates from schools outside of Georgetown who claimed top performing places.
“I would first like to thank God for helping me through all the hard work required for achieving these wonderful results, “ is what 16-year-old Elisa Hamilton had to say for her outstanding Caribbean Secondary Certificate of Education (CSCE) results of 19 grade ones and one grade two.
Hamilton, of Two Friends Village, East Coast Demerara, is currently on vacation in the United States. She disclosed yesterday that she was awakened by a text message communicating her remarkable results.
When asked why she chose to do 20 subjects, Hamilton said that she “hopes to get a scholarship to do medicine at Yale, Harvard or even Columbia.” Those schools fall in the top bracket of Ivy League colleges in the United States. Hamilton was able to secure 19 Grade Ones and One Grade Two.
She thanked her fellow colleagues, and was especially grateful to her teachers Mrs. Liverpool, Mr. Hardyal and Mrs Narine amongst others.
When asked what her study regimen was, Hamilton explained that she used timetables, constantly restructured her notes, called friends to explain concepts, read in secluded areas of her home and listened to music.
This amount of dedication to her studies was not met with too many difficult times. When faced with immense pressure Hamilton said “There would be times when I would breakdown and cry”. To remedy these moments, she continued, “what helped me the most was prayer. I prayed a lot. Prayer was a comfort”.
Sixteen- year-old, Bharti Bhoge of Skeldon Line Path Secondary School, East Berbice –Corentyne, was listed as the top national performer with her 17 Grade Ones.
Bhoge, who is also currently on vacation in the United States, was at a loss for words when she was contacted for a comment. “I still don’t believe it,” she said.
The teenager expressed thanks to her family and friends for their support.
“My family helped me a lot during my exams. My father, my grandmother, and my sisters were there to wake me up, so that I won’t be late, and then there were my friends…they were very supportive as well.”
With 17 Grade One passes, Larissa Wiltshire tied for second place as the national top performer. This publication was however unable to make contact with the QC student who, together with a number of her colleagues was able to allow the school to stand out when the results were unveiled yesterday.
Also listed among the top performers this year is 17-year-old Tressyia Ketwaroo, of Skeldon Line Path Secondary School. The Corriverton, Berbice resident told Kaieteur News that she was absolutely elated at the news of her performance. She acquired 16 Grade Ones and One Grade two.
“I am excited and really proud of everybody at my school. I am really glad that my hard work paid off. I am just very grateful to God, my family, teachers, friends, parents… especially my father who is celebrating his birthday today (yesterday) it is a great gift for him and I‘m happy.” She expressed her desire to be a neurosurgeon.
Heading to the University of Guyana to further her studies is probably the course of action that will be embraced by 17-year-old Lisa John. John, a student of QC, acquired 16 Grade Ones, and One Grade Two at CSEC and, according to her, the possibility exists that her studies just might see her delving into the field of Economics. She spoke glowingly of the support she got from family, friends and teachers and was thankful for the blessings she received from God.
Seventeen-year-old Walica Deokinanan of the Sarawati Vidya Niketan (SVN) Secondary School located at Cornelia Ida on the West Coast of Demerara obtained 15 Grade ones, 2 Grade twos and 1 Grade Three.
She expressed gratitude to her parents and teachers for her success.
“I really don’t know what to say because I expected to do well. I tried my best and I am satisfied with my results, but I didn’t know I would be among the top performers for the country,” Deokinanan said.
SVN Principal Swami Aksharananda said that he is always proud and confident that his students would do well and went on to extend best wishes to them all yesterday.
Although surprised that her performance was so outstanding, 17-year-old Varsha Boodram reflected that it was certainly attained with much hard work.
“I had sleepless nights and lots of lessons and I am quite happy with what I got,” said the QC student. She was able to secure for herself 15 Grade Ones, and 2 Grade Twos which she credited to “the Lord Jesus, my parents and other family members and teachers and students of Queen’s College who supported me.”
A student of the J C Chandisingh Secondary School, Natasha Alladin was placed among the top performers this year with 15 Grade Ones. Her performance was noticeable as she is among the few from that school to accomplish such an outstanding feat.
ALIYYAH ABDUL KADIR
“I’m extremely excited, overjoyed and happy,” were the sentiments expressed by Aliyyah Abdul Kadir after learning of her accomplishment at the 2014 CSEC examination. Kadir’s performance saw her gaining 15 Grades. And according to the QC student, who has plans to become a lawyer, her immediate endeavour will be to head to the Bishops’ High School to pursue the law course there. “I definitely have to thank God first but my parents were there with me all the way, especially my father who took me to lessons and picked me up at all hours,” said Kadir.
Among the top national performers this year is Sarah Hack, another QC student, who secured 14 Grade Ones and Two Grade Twos.
In addition to several more from QC, other top performers were drawn from the Anna Regina Secondary School, St Stanislaus College, Zeeburg Secondary, Tagore Memorial High, Abram Zuil Secondary, ISA Islamic Academy, The Bishops’ High, Central High, New Amsterdam Multilateral, St Rose’s High, President’s College and West Demerara Secondary.
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