– CXC top performers told

The Caribbean’s development hinges on the development of its human capital, according to St. Vincent and the Grenadines Minister of Education, National Reconciliation and Information, St. Clare Prince.

The minister was speaking at the Regional award ceremony hosted on Thursday in his country for the top performers of the May/June 2018 sitting of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) regional examinations.

Among these regional top performers were five students from Guyana who excelled at this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Certificate (CAPE) examinations.

“This achievement is simply another step in your climb to success,” he told the awardees. “Be mindful though, that with each step towards that dream, greater effort is required.”

In fact, he posited that these awardees now have a great responsibility on their hands since the rest of the Caribbean is looking up to them, and the younger generation will be drawing inspiration from them.

“We all are looking to you as future Caribbean leaders, to find innovative and mitigating ways of addressing the myriad of challenges that we as a people face,” Prince said.news 20181210 20

And in finding these solutions, the education minister highlighted that education is fundamental to growth and development, and it is a critical means achieving economic and social mobility.

“The survival of our Caribbean civilisation lies deeply in our human civilisation,” he noted and added, “It is by educating our human capital that we—as a community—will be able to thrive.”

And the CXC in its mandate of developing the young human capital in the Region, has been striving to do just this by continuously introducing new subjects and systems, according to Prince.

The introduction of Financial Services in 2017 as a CAPE subject is indicative of the efforts being made to develop the local human capital, Prince shared. In this regard, he posited too: “The Region must seek out ways on how it can promote economic growth and build a stronger and more resilient financial sector so that it can adequately attend to its people.”

At the award ceremony, a total of 17 top regional students from across the Region were awarded.

At the CSEC level, Guyana bagged three of the regional awards. Daniel Basdeo-Thorne of Queen’s College was adjudged the Best Science Student for the Region; Salma Majeed of ISA Islamic School copped the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate in Humanities and Rebekah Persaud of the St. Rose’s High School, won the award for the Most Outstanding Candidate for Business Education.

Keondre Herbert, from St Joseph’s Academy in Antigua and Barbuda was adjudged the overall best performer and his school received the CSEC school-of-the-year award. The awards for best short story and 2-D and 3-D visual arts were awarded to students from Jamaica.

Guyana dominated the CAPE awards however with Aadilah Alli, being adjudged this year’s regional top student and the most outstanding candidate in natural sciences. As such, her school—Queen’s College won the CAPE school-of-the-year award. Alli was complimented by her colleague, Rajiv Muneshwar, who is the best CAPE mathematics performer in the Caribbean.

Students from various schools in Trinidad and Tobago took the CAPE awards for the humanities, language studies, business and environmental studies fields.

Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves, in delivering remarks at the ceremony also noted: “Education has been transformed over the years and it will be transformed even further.”

By 2050, he advanced that students will learn about subjects that can only be dreamt of at the moment. And he also iterated that the ability of the students to grasp education now will be instrumental in the Region’s development.

Gonsalves joked too that he wishes that the bright minds would all remain in his country, but he affirmed that these young people would go on to add to the Region’s development.

Remarks were also given by academic giant of the Caribbean and Chairman of the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), Professor Sir Hilary Beckles.