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Jun 12, 2012

Meet the top P.S.E. scorers

The Primary School Examinations (P.S.E.) Preliminary Results for 2012 were released on Monday afternoon. The top scorers were distributed in all districts and attended both private and public institutions. For the third year in a row, Bernice Yorke Institute of Learning was selected by the Ministry of Education as the top learning institution.  News Five met some of the top scorers in their classrooms. Freelance journalist Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

This year, the Primary School Examinations had two students who tied for first place. Twelve year olds Rhiki Alegria of Hummingbird Elementary and Jasmine Betancourt of Bernice Yorke Institute of Learning both anticipated to do well, but they did not expect to be the top scorers.

 

Rhiki Alegria, Hummingbird Elementary, Top P.S.E. Student

Rhiki Alegria

“I feel very relieved because I have been waiting for the results. I thought I did pretty well but I didn’t think that I would have made it this far and top the P.S.E. this year. I worked very hard from my standard four class up to now and I’ve been trying very hard, studying every weekend and really working hard.”

 

Duane Moody

“What do you think was the key to actually being the top student and the others being part of the top twenty?”

 

Rhiki Alegria

“Studying. Studying definitely and working hard during class.”

 

Jasmine Betancourt

Jasmine Betancourt, Bernice Yorke, Top P.S.E. Student

“I feel great knowing that all my hard work actually paid off.”

 

Duane Moody

“What did it take to actually do the best that you did?”

 

Jasmine Betancourt

“Other than my daily studying, I took evening classes, Saturday classes and Easter classes; I also studied hard at school with my classmates.”

 

But the Bernice Yorke Institute of Learning has dual honors this year. While they have yielded one of the top students, they are also the top learning institution nationally for the third time in a row.

 

Sherry Ali

Sherry Ali, Principal, Bernice Yorke Institute of Learning

“Our school placed top in terms of the national overall average. We’ve continue to maintain our traditions in terms of ensuring; early childhood education is the most important foundation we see at our school. Every level we build upon so it’s a matter of consistency—it doesn’t happen at standard six. It happens from way down below at the preschool level. Well I expected my students to do well. And they all did well. Our students, they all got As. So apart from being proud that we have the top performing student—the number one student in the country—I am pleased to know that all my students did well; we got all As. I expected at least two in the top ten. I didn’t expect to have four in the top ten.  I would like to encourage all to challenge because it is maintaining excellence.”

 

And while the private institution has the top honors, public schools also did well. Grace Primary School registered forty-one students for the P.S.E. and had achieved hundred percent passes. Amanda Morey tied for fifth place with three other students. She says she is happy to have done so well in the exams.

 

Amanda Morey, P.S.E. Top 5 Scorer

“I feel very good, I feel proud of myself because I never thought I could have done it even though I worked very hard for it. We did a lot of drilling and we studied a lot and my teacher helped us a lot by showing us different ways to get to different problems and how to apply ourselves to different problems.”

 

Amanda Morey

Duane Moody

“So you were confident overall in terms of going into the examinations and doing well.”

 

Amanda Morey

“Yes sir, I was very confident.”

 

Duane Moody

“Did you expect to do this well?”

 

Amanda Morey

“No sir.”

 

Duane Moody

“Did you expect Amanda to make it this far?”

 

Diane Azueta

Diane Azueta, Standard 6 Teacher, Grace Primary School

“Yes I did because we knew that she could. We can’t only look at Amanda you know. We have quite a number of students who did very well. We have Lorie with ninety-three and Kayla with ninety-two and so on. So they all did well. What did I not do? [laugh] A lot of practice. A lot of creative ways. You have to find new ways to let them learn. Get parents involved—there was a lot of parent involvement and if you get everybody on board, it will work.”

 

Other schools making the top ten include Solid Rock Christian School in Stann Creek, Louisiana Government School in Orange Walk, St. Andrews Anglican School in Cayo and San Pedro R.C. School. Duane Moody for News Five.

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5 Responses for “Meet the top P.S.E. scorers”

  1. Storm says:

    Congratulations to all the high scorers! Among all the black news in the Jewel, they are beacons of hope. And if the Jewel has a future, these are the kinds of people we need to take us there.

  2. Aware ghetto youth says:

    Storm I totally agree with you. Congrats and continue to work hard.

  3. L.C. says:

    GPS Represent! I remember the good old days when Ms. Gloria Edwards led us all to good grades, good scores, good schools. Well, MOST of us, anyways.

  4. Marlon Alegria says:

    Congrats to my cousin Rhiki Alegria and all the kids who are exceeding in school.

  5. Griga says:

    Congratulations To Rhiki Alegria, Jasmine BetanCourt, Amanda Morey, Udui Ejike (Solid Rock Christian Academy) and all the rest of Top Scorers and schools and teachers as well.

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