Monday, January 22, 2018

T&T stays out front


proud: Pupils of Presentation College in San Fernando view their CAPE results at the college yesterday. From left are Joshua Thackoor, Brandon Atwell and Vishal Seunarine. –Photo: DEXTER PHILIP

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Trinidad and Tobago has maintained its high standards in this year's Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), Susan Giles, senior assistant registrar in the Examinations Administration Division at Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), said yesterday.

CXC is the body responsible for the CAPE examination.

The CAPE results were distributed to Ministries of Education throughout the Caribbean on Sunday and published online on Tuesday. Pupils collected their result slips at their secondary schools yesterday.

Giles said even though an official analysis has not yet been done, pupils who wrote the exam in the Caribbean did "very good".

Asked to assess this country's performance, she said," Trinidad has always been doing very well at CAPE and looking at the results for this year, it is no different."

In March this year, Giles said the performance for CAPE pupils was exceptional and CXC was expecting the same this year.

Former Presentation College, San Fernando, pupil Kerry Singh, won the Dennis Irvine Award for Most Outstanding Candidate Overall in CAPE last year. Presentation College was named the CAPE School of the Year 2011. In 2010, the award went to Nicholas Sammy also of Presentation College, San Fernando.

Last year pupils from Trinidad received eight of the nine awards offered by CXC.

Presentation College San Fernando vice principal, Preston Kissoon, said yesterday that 124 pupils wrote the CAPE exam this year. He said the results were good.

He said, "We are quite happy with the results. We did a little better than last year. We got a few more distinctions from last year. We are expecting the same amount of scholarships that we got last year."

Last year the school received 20 national scholarships.

Gary Ribeiro, principal of Presentation College, Chaguanas, said, "I feel very good, very confident. The boys did very well. There were lots of boys who got straight ones and straight A profiles so we are hoping for a few scholarships as well. We normally send up about 80 boys and normally 19 to 20 would get scholarships that is one in four."

This year 82 pupils wrote the exam. Last year, the school received 19 scholarships.

The results of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) will be available online tonight from 10 p.m.