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Hard work pays off for SEA achievers

Saturday, June 28 2008

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Anthony Rajkumar (second from left) stands with a group of his school mates yesterday....
Anthony Rajkumar (second from left) stands with a group of his school mates yesterday....

HARD work and perseverance paid off for Tanuja Maharaj,12, of El Dorado South Hindu Primary school and Anthony Rajkumar, 11, of the Curepe Presbyterian Primary school who placed second and third respectively in the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination results.

El Dorado South Hindu Primary school principal Chandra Bhushan Panday told Newsday yesterday that although Tanuja placed second, they were also celebrating the quality of results that the school received.

“We have always placed in the top 100. The school has always been achieving good results consistently. The quality of results are equally pleasing. It is a fantastic and outstanding achievement of all the students,” said Panday.

He revealed that 59 students wrote the examination and 35 secured their first choices to schools such as St Augustine Girls’ High school, St Mary’s College, Lakshmi Girls’ Hindu College and Hillview College.

Meanwhile, third place student Anthony Rajkumar, who lives in Valsayn, said that hard work, studies and persistence helped his accomplishment.

“I didn’t expect to place third. I am happy over this achievement. I studied very hard and always tried to finish my work before playing and watching television,” said Rajkumar.

He said that he was looking forward to attending Hillview College, Tunapuna, when the new school term opens adding that he wanted to become a paleontologist.

Curepe Presbyterian’s principal Samuel Bejai lauded the students’ achievements saying that eight students made more than 98.4 percent in the exam.

“The lowest score was 69 percent. Fifty-four students got their first-choice schools while the rest received their second choice.

And, like El Dorado South Hindu Primary school, Bejai added that success was not uncommon for the school.

“In 1998 top place honours were shared among three students including a student of Curepe Presbyterian Primary school. We also received the fourth place,” said Bejai.

He added that the school has been classified as a high preforming school and has a history of top performers for the last three consecutive years.

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