Some $58 million this year will be spent on scholarships for 428 students who excelled in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) says Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh.
Speaking at the post-Cabinet news conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, St Clair yesterday, Gopeesingh said this year there was an increase in the number of scholarships given as in 2009 there were some 266 given, in 2010—329, in 2011—354, 2012—376 and 2013—428.
He said the increase in the number of scholarships awarded came as a result of improved academic performance by pupils.
“We have moved from approximately 86 per cent of pupils achieving grade one to five in CAPE examinations to now approximately 93 per cent,” he said.
He said out of the 3,500 pupils some 428 scholarships will be given or 12 per cent.
The various subject areas where the scholarships will be awarded are; business studies three open, 38 additional; environmental studies 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 additional; technical studies one open, one additional; technological studies four open, five additional, and visual and performing arts one open, seven additional.
Gopeesingh noted an improved performance from Government secondary schools in the CAPE examination as he pointed out that 11 of these schools received scholarships when compared to last year when there were three.
“So it means then that the Government secondary schools are doing better and better and this augurs well for the educational system in Trinidad and Tobago,” he said.