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Dad’s death pushes student to distinctions

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Three months shy of writing “O” Level exams 16-year-old Arion Rattan had an earth-shattering experience—his father died. He stayed away from school for two weeks but he used his father as his inspiration and studied hard. Today, he has a lot of which to be proud. He attained nine Grade Ones in the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) exams. He was one of several students of Naparima Boys College who excelled in their exams. “This is for my father,” said the Princes Town teenager who plans to pursue an accounting career. His next step is to return to school to write the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). “It was not easy,” he admitted, adding: “I had to sacrifice plenty short-term pleasures, like TV, movies, sometimes sports, games and social media. “When my dad died in April it was a difficult time but in the end it was motivation for me to build myself and study. What I achieved is really for him.” 


Principal Dev Gosine said the CSEC and CAPE results were outstanding when compared to last year. He said in most of the CAPE subjects the school had 100 per cent passes. “I must say that the results were skewed towards excellence, meaning that in any given subject there were more ones than any other grade, for example physics, we got 14 1s, ten 2s and eight 3s,” he added. He said CSEC results were similar. He attributed the school’s success to holistic education. “It’s not just all books,” he said. Gosine said the students were taught how to manage their time properly. At San Fernando Central Secondary, vice-principal Michele Ram said they were still tabulating results. “However,” she said, “the students did quite well. We did quite well in maths and English at CSEC and at Advanced Level in all subject areas. We got quite a few ones. We are pleased with the students’ performance.”

Vice-principal of Naparima Girls’, Karen Bally, was pleased because the school did “a little better” this year with a 100 per cent pass rate in 18 of the 22 CSEC subjects. She said five students got ten Grade Ones, 18 students got nine Grades Ones and 19 students got eight Grade Ones. The school also got 100 per cent passes in all CAPE subjects, except One Unit of one of the subjects, although she did not want to disclose which subject. “When you correlate the Unit One and Unit Two grades, we would have about 26 students who have all Grade Ones out of the 96 students. “The results were fantastic and it’s based on the hard work of students and a very dedicated staff,” she added. San Fernando East principal Patricia Pitt said the CSEC results improved from last year. “But it is still not as good as we would like,” she added. She said one of the students who excelled took part in the Global Young Leaders Conference. An official at St Stephen’s College, Princes Town, said the school did well “as usual” but they were still tabulating the results.


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