GOVERNMENT secondary schools continue to lag behind in the list of scholarship winners, with denominational schools taking the lion’s share of scholarships.
Of the 39 schools that won scholarships, eight schools were fully Government-assisted.
St George’s College in Barataria topped the list of Government schools with seven scholarships (one Open, six Additional).
Couva East Secondary School, which has been doing quite well, followed with five scholarship wins.
The other schools were Barrackpore West Secondary, San Fernando Central Secondary, Waterloo Secondary, which all received two scholarships, and Arima Central Secondary, Marabella Senior Comprehensive, Rio Claro West Secondary all obtaining one scholarship each.
Acting principal of Couva East Secondary, Fay Rasheed-Persad, said the school has done extremely well since the sixth form class was introduced to the school in 1987 with a Modern Studies class only. That was expanded to Sciences in 1992.
Over the past 16 years, the school won 71 scholarships, including this year’s five.
Rasheed-Persad said: “It is wonderful to receive so many scholarships. We have a very dedicated staff, we have students who work well. We maintain a culture of discipline.”
Germaine Gray, principal of Barrackpore West Secondary, said the school was elated with its two winners.
“We are extremely elated. The boys were very hard-working. Despite the fact that they were hard-working at the academics, they found time to take part in the extra curricular activities.”
Gray said the school was a “judicious mix of academics, sports and the performing arts.”
However, she hoped that the name of the school listed in the newspapers would be corrected.
The list published was sent by the Ministry of Education. It stated the school as Barrackpore Senior Comprehensive, but the name was changed four years ago.
Vice-principal of Rio Claro West Secondary, Oma Bertie, said the school won scholarships in the past.
She said the school was elated with the scholarship win by Darien Dookeran, who she said worked hard for the award.