(INEWSGUYANA) – Even with the Ministry of Education initially indicating dissatisfaction upon announcing the country’s performance at the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) examinations this year, Guyanese students collectively managed to cop a total of 11 of the Regional Awards offered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).
Of the nine Regional Awards up for grabs at the CSEC level, Guyana walked away with a whopping seven, placing the country once again as a front-runner at the Caribbean Examinations.
Continuing on his reign of academic success is Queen’s College student Michael Bhopaul, who single-handedly won four of the nine CSEC Awards.
Preliminary results revealed that Bhopaul secured a groundbreaking 25 passes at the secondary level regional assessment, 24 of which were Grade Ones, along with 1 Grade Two. However, confident in his performance, the 16-year-old reviewed his results and subsequently discovered that he in fact scored Grades Ones at all 25 of the subject areas he pursued. Stemming from his landmark achievement, the QC boy was named the Most Outstanding Performer at CSEC 2017.
But as if that were not enough, Bhopaul also won himself the Best Performer title in three other categories by scooping up the Business, Science and Technical Vocational awards.
Adding to that, Queen’s College produced two other regional awardees emanating from the 2017 CSEC examinations. They are Rawletta Barrow, who secured the Best Humanities prize; and Aatiqua Roshandin, who walked away with the first ever ACCA Accounting Award offered by CXC, which took effect as of this year.
Meanwhile, a student of the St. Stanislaus College won the Best Short Story prize. The remaining two awards, which were for the top spots in Visual Arts (Two-Dimensional) and Visual Arts (Three-Dimensional), were respectively copped by students from Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.
Guyana’s Queen’s College has, for the second year in a row, been dubbed the School of the Year by the Caribbean Examinations Council.
Moreover, two Guyanese students who sat the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) this year recorded remarkable achievements for their schools and country by earning regional awards at this level as well.
QC Sixth Form student Shannon Woodroffe was ranked as the Best Performer in Natural Sciences as well as Mathematics. She was joined by St. Roses High School’s Shawn Shewram, who raked in the Best Business Studies and the ACCA Accounting awards at CAPE 2017.
Woodroffe now holds the record of being one of two students throughout the region to win awards at both the CSEC and CAPE levels, while Shewram goes down in history as the first-ever recipient of the ACCA Accounting award at CAPE.
Guyana has, in recent years, been known to sweep the top prizes at the CXC awards, particularly for the CSEC examinations. However, this year has seen a significant improvement after the country managed to secure only two prizes at CSEC 2016.
Despite Guyanese dominating at the CXC Hall of Fame this year, the Ministry of Education is yet to issue an official statement acknowledging the accomplishments of the nation’s top performers.