Girls lead in CAPE — SAGHS is Number One
By Clint Chan Tack Friday, September 20 2013
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ST AUGUSTINE Girls’ High School (SAGHS) topped this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) examinations, receiving 18 Open Scholarships and 19 Additional Scholarships.
This was disclosed by Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh when he made the results of the 2013 CAPE examinations public for the first time at yesterday’s post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Clair.
Gopeesingh later told Newsday the CAPE results would have been sent last night to all of the schools..
When he presented the CAPE results at the briefing, it was clear that the girls schools had done well in this year’s CAPE examinations. In addition to SAGHS, Gopeesingh noted the performances of Naparima Girls High School (Four Open, 36 Additional scholarships); St Joseph Convent Port-of-Spain (13 Open, 26 Additional scholarships) and Holy Faith Convent, Couva (Three Open, 21 Additional scholarships).
He also noted excellent performances by some of the boys’ schools such as Naparima College (Six Open, 25 Additional scholarships); Hillview College (Three Open, 28 Additional scholarships); Presentation College Chaguanas (Four Open, 23 Additional scholarships) and Presentation San Fernando (One Open, 12 Additional scholarships).
After quoting figures to demonstrate the increase in the award of national scholarships from 2009 to 2013, Gopeesingh said, “There has been an incremental rise in the number of scholarships in government schools.” “Forty (40) of the 130 secondary schools were awarded scholarships and out of the 40 schools, 11 of the government secondary schools, have been awarded scholarships. This has been an improvement from year to year,” Gopeesingh declared.
Yesterday, he also boasted that the number of scholarships awarded to successful students at the CAPE has increased from 376 last year to 428 this year. Gopeesingh also said during the almost four years that the People’s Partnership coalition has been in office, a total of 1,487 scholarships ( 272 Open; 1,215 Additional) have been awarded to CAPE students.
Gopeesingh said, “The approximate cost of the award for these scholarships is approximately $58 million per year for these students to be taken care of as island scholarships winners.” After making this remark, he again congratulated the two President’s Medal Winners in this year’s CAPE examinations- Abinav Karan of Presentation College, Chaguanas (Mathematics, Natural Science, Environmental Studies and Technical Studies) and Shelemiya Peterkin of St Joseph’s Convent, St Joseph (Business, Languages. Modern Studies, Tech Studies, Visual and Performing Arts and General Studies).
Gopeesingh also said the number of students achieving Grades One to Five in CAPE has increased from 86 to 93 percent. He added that at least 12 percent of the students who now write CAPE, receive either Open or Additional Scholarships, and this augured well for the future of the local education system.
Asked for an update on investigations into the leak of Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examinations last year, Gopeesingh told reporters, “I am just as disappointed as you may be on getting any official report on it.” On the issue of school repairs, Gopeesingh was unable to give an update on the status of Trincity Government Primary School, but said it cost $600,000 to rectify problems at Marabella Secondary School and problems at Aranjuez Central should be fixed soon.
(See Scholarship List on Page 14A)
Scholarships awarded from 2009 to 2013:
2009 - 266
2010 - 329.
Cabinet approved subject areas for scholarships:
Business studies (three open, 38 additional)
Environmental (three open. 26 additional)
General studies (two open, five additional)
Languages ( four open, nine additional)
Mathematics (20 open, 41 additional)
Modern studies ( two open, four additional)
Science (32 open, 221 additonal)
Technical studies ( one open, one additional)
Technological studies ( three open, five additional)
Visual and performing arts (one open, seven additional)
Best performing schools in 2013:
ASJA Boys (San Fernando)- Zero Open, three Additional.
ASJA Girls - One Open, 13 Additional
ASJA Boys (Charlieville) - One Additional
Arima Central - One Additional
Barrackpore Secondary - Two Additional
Bishop’s Anstey and Trinty College East- 14 Additional
Bishop’s Anstey - One Open, 15 Additional.
Bishop’s (Tobago)- Two Additional.
Couva East Secondary- Five Additional.
Fatima College - Two Open, Six Additional
Fyzabad Anglican- One Additional
Hillview College- Three Open, 28 Additional.
Holy Faith Couva- Three Open, 21 Additional
Holy Faith Penal- One Open, eight Additional
Holy Faith PoS- One Open, eight Additional
Iere- Four Additional
Laxshimi Girls- Three Open, 11 Additional.
Marabella Secondary- One Additional
Naparima College- Six Open, 25 Additional.
Naparima Girls- Four Open, 36 Additional.
North Eastern College- Three Additional.
Presentation Chaguanas - Four Open, 23 Additional.
Presentation San Fernando- One Open, 12 Additional.
Queens Royal College- One Open, Three Additional.
Rio Claro West- One Additional
San Fernando Central- Two Additional
Shiva Boys- One Additional
St Augustine Girls- 18 Open, 19 Additional
St George’s- One Open, six Additional
St Joseph’s Convent PoS- 13 Open, 26 Additionaal
St Joseph’s Convent San Fdo- Two Open, 13 Additional
St Joseph’s Convent St Joseph- Five Open, 14 Additional
St Stephen’s College- One Open, Three Additional.
St Anthony’s College- One Additional.
St Francois Girls- Five Additional
St Mary’s College- 15 Additional.
Upper Level- One Additional
Vishnu Boys- Two Additional
Waterloo Secondary- Two Additional.