Tuesday, February 20, 2018


Girls of South schools in first three places in SEA exams


FIRST PLACE: Top SEA pupil Shivanna Chatoor, of Avocat Vedic School, gives a thumbs-up sign yesterday. —Photo: Dave Persad

Mark Fraser

The girls have done it again.

The daughter of a Fyzabad farmer has topped the country in this year’s Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination.

Shivanna Chatoor, a pupil of the Avocat Vedic School, at Siparia Old Road, Fyzabad, scored 99 per cent, making her the highest achiever.

The second highest mark was scored by Cameel Juman of Grant Memorial Presbyterian School, while San Fernando ASJA Primary School’s Arielle Rambharose placed third.

The three South Trinidad girls will all be attending Naparima Girls’ High School, San Fernando from September.

The results were delivered by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh, who visited the three schools yesterday.

At the Avocat Vedic School, the word “humble” was used to describe top pupil, Shivanna Chatoor.

Standard Five teacher Jyoti Briglal-Komal said she was amazed by her pupil’s humble nature.

“Shivanna is a humble child. She is hard-working and disciplined. 

“Many times I left her in charge of the class and Shivanna would run the class. She has a cool head and a good heart. She was always helping other children,” she said.

Briglal-Komal said she was expecting great results from Chatoor. “She was an all-round pupil, but she never pushed herself in front. She was very, very disciplined”.

Chatoor’s father, farmer Shivanand Chatoor, said he was overjoyed by his daughter’s success. “I always knew she had the potential to do great things,” he said. 

Her mother, Gaitree Chatoor, a seamstress, said her daughter was always dedicated and hard-working. “I haven’t thought of a reward yet,” she said.

The couple live at Old Siparia Road, Fyzabad, with their two daughters—Shivanna and Trishanna.                      —See Page 5