The Sarawati Vidya Nikitan Secondary School in Region #3 has stolen the spotlight with the Caribbean Examinations Council CSEC results in Guyana with several of its students appearing in the top spots.
The top student in the country is Victoria Najab of the Sarawati Vidya Nikitan School who gained 20 grade ones. The #2 spot goes to Vamanad Hiralall of the same school who gained 19 grade ones.
Aliyah Rasheed of the Anna Regina Secondary School snagged the #3 spot with 19 grade ones while Queens College has grabbed the number 4 and 5 spots with Joshanna Hopkinson gaining 18 grade ones and Ashley Anthony gaining 17 grade ones.
Chief Education Officer Olato Sam announced that the overall pass rate at the General and Technical proficiencies for Grade one to Three has increased to 62.72%, while the overall pass rate from Grade One to Four stands at 84.4%.
While the overall pass rate for English and Mathematics has improved, the pass rate for both subjects stands below the 50% mark.
Sam said “The grade one to three passes in English A and Mathematics both improved over last year’s performance. The English A pass rate is 49.36% which is up from 46.98% last year, and the Mathematics pass rate is 45.07% and that represents an increase over last year’s 38.75%.
The Education Ministry saw 100% passes in 15 subject areas including Economics, Agriculture Science, Additional Mathematics and Home Economics and Management.
75% passes were recorded in a number of the science subjects.
The Chief Education Officer said while there will not be any grand celebration of the results, the Ministry is pleased that there have been improvements in several subject areas and in the overall pass rate.
At the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency level, the overall pass rate saw an improvement from 85.07% to 87.54%.
The top students for CAPE are Larissa Whiltshire, Cecil Cox, Sasha Woodroffe of Queens College and Shonta Noel of St. Roses High School. They attained Grade One passes in six units.
Education Minister, Dr. Rupert Roopnarine congratulated the successful students and announced that the government will be moving towards ensuring students of the Hinterland communities enjoy the same level of education as students on the mainland.
He announced the introduction of The Desrey Fox Award for the most outstanding student from the Hinterland. Desrey Fox was a Junior Minister of Education under the PPP Civic administration. She died tragically in a motor vehicle accident. She was also an Amerindian Leader.
Dr. Roopnarine said the Ministry will be focusing a whole lot more on ensuring development in the education sector across the board. A Commission of Inquiry will soon begin to look at several of the issues facing the education system in Guyana.