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Nov 4, 2014

MoE Releases CSEC/CAPE Results

There are smiling faces tonight in respect of the results of regional exams taken months ago. The Ministry of Education has released the results of the CSEC and CAPE that were sat in May and June. As we reported on Monday night, Siian Rancharan and Paul Sylvester, both from SJC, topped the exams.  An award ceremony is planned for later this month at which four hundred and twenty-four students will receive CSEC certificates of Excellence, four will receive Subject Group Awards and thirty-two will receive Individual Subject Awards. Duane Moody caught up with some of the top achievers in this year’s exams and has the following report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

The results of the 2014 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations were released from the Ministry of Education on Monday evening. Among those students is Siian Rancharan. Rancharan, who was the top scorer for the 2010 P.S.E., was also selected to participate in the Caribbean Science Foundation’s Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering back in July. He’s now ecstatic that he took first place as most outstanding student for CSEC with fourteen grade ones and two grade twos in the general proficiency level of the exams.

 

Siian Rancharan

Siian Rancharan, 1st Place, CSEC 2014

“I was in class, in sociology, and my teacher is very strict about phone use and I got a call and I said Miss I am in class right now. And she said I got some good news. So after class I ran to the high school and then they gave me the letter and said that I was the most outstanding student for CSEC so it was a pretty big surprise for me.”

 

Duane Moody

“How many CXCs did you take and the grades you made in them?”

 

Siian Rancharan

“I received fourteen grade ones and two grade twos and then I had twelve triple A profiles. So that’s what I received for CSEC on my grades.”

 

Second place was acquired by Yan Cattouse, who is also of St. John’s College and Kelsey Musa of St. Catherine Academy got third.

 

Yan Cattouse

Yan Cattouse, 2nd Place, CSEC 2014

“I was honestly very ecstatic. I mean I was overjoyed because I really felt like all the studying I had put into preparation for the CXCs really paid off. And so I was really happy.”

 

Duane Moody

“Tell us about the grades you got and the subject areas you took for the CSEC.”

 

Yan Cattouse

“I sat seventeen CSEC exams and of the seventeen, I got fourteen grade ones and two grade twos and one grade three. I took all science CXCs because it was a science major in high school and I challenged two business subjects—office administration and principles of business. Besides that, I did Social Studies and a few other extras along with the original eleven you do at school.”

 

Kelsey Musa

Kelsey Musa, 3rd Place, CSEC 2014

“I took fifteen CXCs—I got twelve grade ones and three grade twos. That really was a lot of work. I had to be back at school for really late hours doing SBAs and putting in the time. You have to put in the time and effort if you really want to conquer that much CXCs and just put in the time and the effort and whatnot.”

 

But St. John’s College Junior College also excelled in the CAPE exams. For the third time in a row, three students from the institution topped the exams with distinction. This year, Paul Sylvester was head of the class.

 

Paul Sylvester, 1st Place, CAPE

“I was doing some homework when I got a call from my parents telling me congratulations and I was like for what? And they told me that I got the distinction in the CAPE Examinations—I was surprise and humble. I took six units with two in biology, two in chemistry and then one for the communication studies and Caribbean studies. They did require a lot of work especially for the Caribbean studies where you had an SBA and a research project.”

 

Paul Sylvester

According to all three, their achievements were based on hard work; they offered advice to the students who will take the exams in 2015.

 

Paul Sylvester

“Start on your SBAs as early as possible; work hardest in your labs if you are taking science and make sure to use the teachers for assistance as they would know the CAPE syllabus. And of course study your best; try and use some past papers in order to acquaint yourself with what the questions will be like.”

 

Kelsey Musa

“Stay focus on school, don’t get distracted; it is not the time to get distracted. If you are willing to put in the work for whatever you want to achieve, you’ll be able to do it.”

 

Siian Rancharan

“You have to have confidence in yourself. The moment you doubt your abilities, that’s when you lose. I realize that you have to have ambition, you have to make sure that you are focused and that you don’t waiver in your ambition. It’s always important to know that you can do it as long as you have the mentality and good time management. I thought that was very important for me in CSEC. I had to make sure I did all my SBAs on time; I studied when I needed to and that’s what really were the driving force. As well as the support from my school; I don’t think I could have done it without my parents or my school.”

 

Yan Cattouse

“Stay calm most of all because I’ve seen a lot of people mess up CXC exams because they are nervous in the exam room. But if you have prepared, if you have put in the work, if you have done the extra work, stay calm and you’ll get through it.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.

 

From Saint Catherine’s Academy, Angelica Lopez will be recognized for Subject Group Award in Humanities and Simran Hotchandani for Business Studies, Clint Foreman of Independence for Sciences, Rick Rhaburn of E. P. Yorke for Technical/Vocational. Students who excelled in the region will also be honoured. 

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