The North West Secondary School graduated eighty-four students who
were examined in fourteen subject areas at the Caribbean Secondary
Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations this year.
Copping the top prize this year was Mark Wilberg who secured passes in
eleven subjects with eight Grade Ones and three Grade Twos. The second
was Sueann Daniels with five Grade Ones and six Grade Twos, while
Kianka December came in third position with a Grade One, nine Grade
Twos and one Grade Three.
Addressing the gathering was Deputy Education Officer Marti De Sousa
who said there has been a tremendous overall improvement in CSEC
examination results in Region One. He noted that The Northwest
Secondary School has shown much improvement while the Primary Top of
Warimuri Primary school has continually been performing well.
The DEO reported that in the region students secured 65 percent passes
in Grades One -Three in English Language as compared to last year when
there was a pass rate of 36.3 percent. Another major improvement was a
31 percent pass rate in mathematics, as compared to 13.8 percent in
“The region as a whole achieved 52 Grade Ones, 316 Grade Twos, 648
Grade Threes, for this achievement I think the teachers and students
should be commended,” De Souza said.
He noted that these improvements were realised following the
implementation of several initiatives by education stakeholders in the
region. “Among these initiatives was the resuscitation of the monthly
subject committee meetings…where weaknesses in several subject areas
were discussed and strategies implemented, improved and strengthened
in the different areas”
Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley in his remarks urged the graduates
to “use all of the knowledge and skills that you would have harnessed
over the years make a difference in the development and transformation
of this region of ours.”
Delivering the feature address Minister within the Ministry of Public
Health Dr. Karen Cummings urged the students to carefully consider
what they want to do next with their lives while offering options in
the Public Health sector.
Among her words of motivation and encouragement, she urged the
graduates to aspire to be agents of social change and make a
difference in their communities through innovative thinking,
creativity and research.
Also attending the graduation was Minister of Public Affairs Dawn
Hastings-Williams who represented President David Granger at the
activity. In her charge to the graduates, Minister Hastings-Williams
said completion of a secondary education is the beginning of a journey
and told them to “fearlessly and courageously pursue their dreams.”