CAPE, CSEC Top Performers Elated with Exam Results

DPI, Guyana- Saturday, August 18, 2018

Following the release of Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) and the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results, the Department of Public Information (DPI) sat down with some of the top performers, to get an insight into what it took to earn these academic achievements.

Queen’s College scholar, Aadilah Ali, and CAPE’s top performer with eight Grade Ones said while she did invest the time in her studies, she was nonetheless “really nervous” about her performance. Ali described feeling a huge sense of relief when she received her results since she has “been working for three years for this.”

Ali said the reason for pushing herself to limit was that she had her goals set on copping a scholarship in 2016.

“I wanted to gain a scholarship, particularly the Presidential scholarship that they usually award the top two students at CSEC and CAPE. I missed it by one at CSEC so I said this is my second chance, I need to get it at CAPE.”

She also disclosed that her dream is to attend the St. George’s University to study medicine and become a Pediatric Surgeon since her grades have ensured her a scholarship.

Min Wen Gong, also from Queen’s College, gained six grade ones at CAPE which earned her a place among the top ten students. Gong stated that she is very satisfied with her results, and marvelled at the fact that she gained a Grade One in Caribbean Studies, a subject that’s he found challenging.

DPI also chatted with Haema Dasrath and Yoshoda Samaroo, two of CSEC’s top ten performers.

Haema Dasrath said “surprised and thankful” are the two words she can use to explain how she felt about her achievements. She related going to the examination with the intention of doing her best but did not “expect to actually be among the top ten.”  Dasrath earned sixth place with seventeen Grade Ones.

Copping fifteen Grade Ones at CSEC was Yoshoda Samaroo, who “is very happy and overwhelmed” with her excellent grades, which she described as “the end product” of her hard work and time invested in her studies.

The Ministry of Education continues to invest in the development of our future generations with billions being spent yearly on the improvement of the sector.

By: Anara Khan

Images: Tajepaul Bridgemohan

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