Shivanna Chatoor, a pupil of the Avocat Vedic School, at Siparia Old Road, Fyzabad, was named first in the country in the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination today.
The results were delivered by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh, who went to the school at around 8a.m.
Persad-Bissessar said this year recorded the best results in the past seven years. She said 78.7 per cent of pupils scored above 50 per cent.
Persad-Bissessar assured pupils that they will sll receive laptops in September. The parents of Shivanna Chatoor said they expected great things from their daughter. Shivanand Chatoor, a farmer, and Gaitree, a seamstress, said they were overjoyed that their daughter passed for her first choice Naparima Girls High School.
Chatoor said his daughter worked hard to accomplish her goals. Shivanna scored 99 per cent.
Persad-Bissessar and Dr Gopeesingh will also be visiting the Grant Memorial Presbyterian Primary School in San Fernando, where a 11-year-old Cameel Juman achieved the second highest mark, and the ASJA Primary school pupil Arielle Rambharose who achieved the third highest mark in the examination.
NOTE: This story corrects an earlier version which stated that the San Fernando TML produced the third top pupil. The Education Ministry has since corrected this. It is in fact a pupil of ASJA Primary School at Park Street, San Fernando, who achieved the third highest mark.