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Dec 4, 2015

Regional CXC Awards Ceremony Held in Belize

This week, top achievers from the Caribbean have been in Belize to be recognized for their impressive performances at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) C.X.C.  An award ceremony paying them tribute was held on Wednesday night at the Biltmore where the brightest regional students and officials converged. Sitting in the audience was Brandon Judnarine, a young man from Antigua and Barbuda who achieved a whopping Grade One in twenty-one subjects and a Grade Two in Technical Drawing. With such impressive passes, he is the Most Outstanding Candidate Overall. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

 

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The forty-seventh meeting of the Caribbean Examination Council was held in Belize City on Thursday, with the presentation of awards for outstanding performances in the May/June 2015 exams.  Most Outstanding Candidate Overall is Brandon Judnarine of St. Joseph Academy, Antigua and Barbuda.

 

Brandon Judnarine, Most Oustanding Candidate Overall

Brandon Judnarine

 “This is a momentous occasion for my beloved Antigua and Barbuda, praise and accolades have been coming from all over.  Prime Minister Mr. Gaston Brown takes the development of Antigua and Barbuda and its people very seriously and I am humbled and extremely pleased to have represented my country so well.  To you and your team Mr. Prime Minister I say thank you.  Blessed be our nation

and its people.”

 

Judnarine achieved Grade One in twenty-one subjects and a Grade Two in Technical Drawing.  School principal Rudolph Davis, while ecstatic about the academic achievement, urged his student to be thankful and remain humble in his future pursuits.

 

Rudolph Davis

Rudolph Davis, Principal, St. Joseph Academy

“Be grateful Brandon, be grateful.  Brandon, be a role model and a mentor to other students, especially your younger siblings.  You have two in St. John’s Catholic Primary, ninety-seven percent and ninety-three percent respectively.  Please encourage them and work hard with them.  Keep that academic torch alive.  Press on by continuing to work hard, burning the midnight oil as you immerse yourself in the studies of medicine. Brandon, you have finally made it happen.  I waited many, many years for this to come to pass.  I congratulate all of the other awardees and recipients but this year is Antigua’s turn.”

 

Despite the fact that Belize did not place among the top eight students within the region, Minister of Education Patrick Faber emphasized the significance of CXC is bolstering the country’s stance on education.

 

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

Patrick Faber

“We in Belize can attest to CXC’s role as a regional partner, a truly regional institution.  We are happy to note that we are currently partnering with CXC on a number of very important pieces of educational development which we believe will be examples to others in our region.  First, we are partnering with CXC on the development of Belize’s teacher professional examinations which we intend to use both for licensing of teachers and as a part of quality assurance for teacher education programs.  Second, we’re also partnering with CXC in the reform of our secondary education curriculum.  This is to both rationalize and diversify the curriculum to appeal to the many talents of our young people.”

 

Since 1988, CXC has honored candidates for outstanding performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) May/June examinations.  Chairman of the Caribbean Examinations Council, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles:

 

Sir Hilary Beckles

Sir Hilary Beckles, Chairman, CXC

“Our awardees have demonstrated the significance of resilience.  It is not easy to distinguish yourself as a young academic.  Many, many moons ago I did six O Levels and I almost, I was on the verge of a mental breakdown just trying to complete six O Levels.  And from where I sit I know that the academic content of your syllabuses is much greater than anything I did forty years ago and yet some of you have done twelve, fifteen, some extraordinary, brilliant young people.  I feel that our region is in very good hands and, let me say this, the critique which is offered of Caribbean youth at this time, that they are lacking in focus, they have retreated from their commitment to nation building and to development, that they are lacking in intellectual curiosity and instinct – you represent the truth of the matter.  And it is comforting to all of us who are involved in the development of this region that everything that we say about the Caribbean is reflected in your achievements and in your performances.”

 

In 2006, CXC introduced awards for outstanding performance in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).  The Most Outstanding Candidate Overall receives the Dennis Irvine Award. Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.

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