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Jun 6, 2011

Primary School Examination top students say how they did it

Now for the good news, the PSE results 2011 were released late on Friday evening. We told you who the top scorers are; they comprise a mix bag from the Belize, Cayo, Corozal and Orange Walk Districts. Interestingly the public schools performed better than the private schools and English and Math remain areas of concern. That said, over at the Holy Redeemer Primary School the mood was celebratory today. One of theirs aced the exam and a number of other students placed in the top twenty-five. News Five’s Andrea Polanco caught up today with Aliyah Marin and other top performers.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Twelve year old Aliyah Marin is the top student in this year’s P.S.E which was sat by over six thousand primary school students country-wide. While she is recognized as Holy Redeemer’s star pupil, she didn’t expect the top score:

Aliyah Marin: Top P.S.E Student

Aliyah Marin

“Not at all, I’ve always known I was a bright child but I never really expected first place especially since this is a nationwide exam.”

Molly Hulett, Principal Holy Redeemer

“I was looking out for Aliyah from since she started school from in fact one she has shown that she is an over achiever. We had to skip her from standard one to standard three because of her performance and she answered that call. In standard four and five she came in first in her class so we were expecting her good result.”

Molly Hulett

Andrea Polanco

“So any celebrations for having the top student this year?”

Molly Hullet

“We are celebrating already; we’re celebrating already because overall the results are very good.”

For other top performing students, the feeling of success is one of pure joy:

Luani Fabro, 9th Place

Luani Fabro

“I’m feeling very proud and accomplished.”

Jordan Murillo: 3rd Place

“Excited and happy.”

Kate Ramirez

Kate Ramirez: 5th Place

“Well I’m feeling really happy because this is what we‘ve been working for, we worked really hard to get here and knowing that the school came in first is really a great accomplishment for all of us.”

Xiao Jia Yi: 22nd Place

“I still can’t believe it right now, umm I feel very excited I still can’t believe it.”

Deanna Nisbet: Principal, Belize Elementary School

Deanna Nisbet

“I think its hard work on the part of the students the teachers and the parents. I must admit that we go overboard in preparing them. We do an overall curriculum and parents are also involved and the children do their hard work. Umm I think that that’s the basic element that makes us good.”

Like Aliyah Marin, for the other students it also took hard work to get into the top twenty five:

Aliyah Marin: Top P.S.E Student

“Well first of all I would like to thank God because without him I wouldn’t be here today. I would like to thank my mom because she pushed me a hundred and ten percent everyday all the time from I was a little girl. I also came to Saturday classes here at school I went to Easter classes here at school I went to evening classes here at school and I also went to morning classes at school with Mr. Acevedo, Mr. Magana and Ms. Palacio and I also went to  Christmas classes there as well.”

Andrea Polanco

“So tell me how did you prepare for this exam?”

Kate Ramirez: 5th Place

“Well as usual you know, studying, preparing hard, going through your notes, reviewing your past exams.”

Eric Chang

Eric Chang: 13th Place

“I went to Acevedo classes; I just really had to listen during class and just add in some time.”

Elodia Ochaeta: 17th Place

“It was very difficult; umm well I studied most of my time after finishing my homework well I had enough time to study. My parents were very attentive with me and they were helping me study as well.”

Sherry Ali, Principal Bernice York

Sherry Ali

“Well at Bernice York we had fourteen students taking the test and out of fourteen we had ten students getting an A and four students getting a B which we’re extremely proud of.”

But when they sat the P.S.E a few weeks back, some of the top students had mix feelings about some of the subjects and their scores:

Jordan Murillo

Jordan Murillo: 3rd Place

“The English writing, the narrative writing was the hardest subject for me.”

Andrea Polanco

“But you still managed three hundred and sixty nine points out of a total of four hundred did you expect this?”

Jordan Murillo

“Not really.”

Luani Fabro:

“For me it would be English.”

Andrea Polanco

“What about Math, for most students it is a problem for them.”

Luani Fabro:

“Well I find Math to be easy for me, I understand it fully.”

Andrea Polanco

“So what was the easiest subject for you in the P.S.E?”

Wu Gin Yuan

Wu Gin Yuan


Andrea Polanco

“Math, wow that’s one of the subjects most students have a problem with. How was it easy it for you?”

Wu Gin Yuan

“Because in Taiwan there is a lot of math work and it’s pretty advanced.”

Aliyah Marin: Top P.S.E Student

“All were fairly challenging but most of all I found the science challenging although I prepared myself the best for that one.”

Molly Hulett, Principal, Holy Redeemer

“We did a lot of Excellent; I think it’s about forty I haven’t finished because I’ve been very busy I’m not in office but almost forty Excellent, inadequate I counted only about nine out of one hundred twenty two.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

We’ll have the Ministry of Education’s view on the overall results later in the newscast.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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5 Responses for “Primary School Examination top students say how they did it”

  1. Where is Horizon Academy?? says:

    Congrats to the students that placed and did well!! But why wasn’t the student from Horizon Academy, Alyssa Craig interviewed!! She placed in Top 10!! And that is a great accomplishment for a new school in only their 2nd year!! I also do not understand Ministry of Education that 3 students who received same grade were ranked “6th, 7th and 8th”, why could they all not be tied for 5th place!! And as a result why is Miss Craig considered 8th place among the other two but yet when Miss Fabro was interviewed she was considered 5th and she and Miss Craig have the same scores!!!

  2. sasha says:

    Congratulations to the Top 10-20%, continue to study hard and put your education 1st, so you can become Belize’s Leader as it is need of it.

  3. lyssaxox says:

    Congrats to all the kids! I do have one issue with how this “list” is listed. I think we can all agree that a “tie” is a “tie” and should be listed as such. These kids worked hard and were excited to see their results only be disappointed to see that they are not listed correctly. Why does MOE number the “ties” this way? #4, 5 and 6 are actually all tied for 4th place. therefore the next set of ties are all tied for 7th place…. and so on. Imagine…. #25 is actually #11.

    I would also like noted that HORIZON ACADEMY is a new school and is graduating it’s first set of graduates on the 25th. It was the only other private school besides BES to make the top 10 with Alyssa Craig placing 7th (when numbered correctly). There was no mention of this in the news… for a new school one would think this is certainly news worthy. I would like to congratulate Horizon Academy and their students and teachers for all the hard work they put in. Good Job Alyssa Craig! A very bright student placing 7th in the country and 5TH in the Belize District!

  4. RedGyal Belize says:

    Congrats to all the students!!!

  5. Ghetto Scholar. says:

    Congrats to all! We Need to see more black youths in these positions. Put down the gun, work hard and better yourself education is the key.

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