Although the female students graduating out of the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) were significantly more than male students, the male graduates this year however represented an increase over the previous year.
This is according to Principal of the institution, Ms. Viola Rowe, who pointed out that of the 359, who graduated on Thursday last, 84 per cent were females and 16 per cent were males. This therefore, represented a 45 per cent increase of males successfully completing the programme.
Rowe pointed out that of the total number of students who graduated at the CPCE 80th Graduation Ceremony, 357 successfully completed the Associate Degree in Education (ADE) Programme, four of whom were awarded the Level of Attainment of Distinction, 317 were awarded the Level of Attainment of Credit and six the Level of Attainment of Pass.
Students also undertook the Trained Teacher’s Certificate Programme and according to Rowe, 20 of the graduates were awarded the Level of Attainment of Credit on the Certificate Programme, while 12 students were awarded the Level of Attainment of Pass.
Rowe, in speaking of the achievements of the students explained that in order for a student to earn the Level of Attainment of Distinction, he/she must attain at least 80 per cent at the Final Teaching Practice as well as in the overall performance of other courses. Moreover, the performances of Duviena Badray of the Anna Regina Satellite Centre, Clair Ramesswar of Linden, Shemane Kendra Ceaser of the Turkeyen Campus and Henry Ricardo Brandon of Georgetown, were highlighted.
The Principal also recognised the performances of other students who, according to her, worked hard throughout the course of their studies. These Rowe listed as six females and five males who gained at least 80 per cent overall but were not awarded the Level of Distinction because they did not achieve the Teaching Practice criteria. Among the listed in this regard were: Arianna Ally, Sobrena Persaud, Lydia Huggins, Eric Seenarine, Gopaul Pirmal, Olinsey Long, Muneshwar Baskaran, Ravindra Singh, Binawattie Dasrat, Lois Benjamin and Floyd Rodrigues.
Rowe in continuing her deliberations on the students’ performance disclosed that among those who specialised in Secondary Education, 23 per cent were trained in Mathematics, representing the highest number of students trained in this regard. This was followed by English with 19 per cent, Business Studies with 16 per cent, Science with 15 per cent and Social Studies and Agricultural Science each with 11 per cent. Home Economics recorded three per cent and Industrial Technology and Spanish one per cent each.
According to the Principal, an expansion programme which was reintroduced at the College in the last academic year was designed to foster notable increases in the number of trained teachers in some regions. And based on the result, 91 per cent of the students pursued the ADE programme allowing for: Region Nine – one per cent; Region Seven – three per cent; Region Six – 23 per cent; Region Five – 11 per cent; Region Four – 22 per cent; Region Three – 12 per cent; Region Two – 16 per cent; Region one – one per cent.
In the Certificate programme, Regions Three, Four and Six recorded 22 per cent each, Region 10 – 16 per cent, Region Two – nine per cent and Regions One, Five and Nine gained three per cent each.
Rowe however, acknowledged at the graduation ceremony that “the quantity/quality issue has not eluded us.”
The top overall performing student was Duviena Badray. She was able to outperform 358 of her colleagues in order to be duly rewarded with the Prime Minister’s Prize as the Best Overall Graduating Student. She also coveted the Vice Principal’s (Development) Prize for being the Best Overall Graduating Student in the Distance Education Primary Programme and the Chief Education Officer’s Prize for being the Best Overall Graduating Student in the Distance Education Programme in Teaching Practice.
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