The Top National Grade Six Assessment spot for 2020 is being shared by two students of the public school system.
North Georgetown Primary student, Samuel Barkoye and Stella Maris Primary student, Rovin Lall both gained 525 marks to top at the country at the Grade Six Assessment Examinations.
Both of the young boys told News Source that they were well prepared for the examination even with the delay and the changes to writing the examination because of COVID-19 guidelines.
Both young men will be starting their secondary school life at the country’s top high school, Queens College.
Alexander Singh of Marian Academy claimed the #2 spot while the #3 spot was shared by Lianna Dharampaul of Mon Repos Primary and Brandon Ramdin of Westfield Prep.
The #4 spot is being shared by Gabriel Felix of New Guyana School, Britney Peters of One Mile Primary and Dhanish Tularam of the Academy of Excellence.
Four students tied to round off the top 5 spot.
Chief Education Officer Marcel Hudson today said there were big improvements in the subject areas of English, Social Studies and Science. He explained that mathematics saw a small decline when compared to the previous year.
Education Minister Priya Manickchand congratulated the top performers and all of the students who wrote the examination this year. She said she know it was a trying time for them with the postponement of of the examinations and all of the other changes because of COVID-19.
Minister Manickchand reminded that the examination is a placement exam and therefore students must realise that they can still continue to do well at whatever secondary school they’ll be placed at.
Questioned by News Source about whether she would give credit to the previous government and its education policies for the improved performance this year, Manickchand said she prefers to give credit to the parents and the children.
Over 14,000 students wrote this year’s examination which has seen improvements across the country.