NAPARIMA Girls’ High School in San Fernando has topped the nation’s list of scholarship winners for 2013.
The announcement was made by Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh yesterday during the post-Cabinet meeting in Port of Spain. The scholarships were awarded based on the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).
Naparima Girls’ High School received 40 national scholarships that included four open and 36 additional scholarships.
School’s principal Carolyn Bally-Gosine when told of the news yesterday was very joyous even though she did not know the details.
She said, “I am really pleased. I know the teachers and pupils worked really hard. Parents would have done whatever they needed to do and I am just so proud of these girls. This is very exciting news. I would like to find out who the pupils are. I didn’t expect us to get so many.”
The schools topping the scholarship list were Naparima Girls’ High School, St Joseph Convent, Port of Spain, St Augustine Girls’ High School, Hillview College in Tunapuna, and Naparima College, San Fernando.
Principal of Naparima College Dr Michael Dowlath also said he was excited about the school’s results. He said, “ The boys worked really hard. Given the variety of scholarships, more boys could get scholarships.”
The school received six open and 26 additional scholarships. Dowlath said the percentage of pupils getting scholarships was one third of the group that wrote CAPE.
He gave a reason for the school’s success.
“We have started early on to facilitate the pupils in the subjects that they would want for their careers. We also do a lot of career guidance in Forms Two and Three so our boys are highly motivated. A lot of the success comes from what happens early on.”
He said the five Presbyterian schools that received scholarships made up one third of all the scholarships awarded which was 143.
Those schools are Naparima Girls’ High School, St Augustine Girls’ High School, Naparima College, Hillview College and Iere High School, which received four.
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