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There was an atmosphere of excitement
and celebration at three primary schools
in San Fernando yesterday, after their stu-
dents grabbed the top three places in the
Secondary Entrance Examination (SEA).
Topping the SEA exam was Anusha Saha,
11, of Grant Memorial Presbyterian Primary,
while Riyad Rajan, 12, of TML Primary
School, placed second and third was Aaliyah
Webb, 12, of San Fernando Girls Govern-
The news came as a shock to all three
students and their parents, who only found
out how well they had performed when it
was announced by Prime Minister Kamla
Persad-Bissessar at their respective schools.
Saha and Webb will be attending Napari-
ma Girls High School while Rajan will be
starting at Naparima Boys College. All
three said they were excited about starting
at their new schools in September.
It was the second consecutive year that
South schools have grabbed the top three
Last year the top students came from
Avocat Vedic School, Fyzabad, Grant
Memorial Presbyterian School and TML
Fifteen Grant Memorial students placed
in the first 200. School principal Gillian
Mahabir attributed the school s academic
success to holistic development, dedicated
teachers, supportive parents, hard-working
students and putting God first.
At TML Primary, Education Minister Dr
Tim Gopeesingh, who visited all three
schools together with San Fernando West
MP Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, said nine
out of ten SEA students scored more than
50 per cent, eight out of 10 scored more
than 60 per cent and this year only one
per cent of students got less than 30 per
cent, as opposed to 14 to 15 per cent in
Former attorney general Anand Ramlogan
was also celebrating at the school, as his
daughter Shweta passed for Asja Girls .
Principal Camille Hosein said copping
second place was the best retirement gift
for which she could have asked. Hosein,
who has served 28 years in the teaching
profession, boasted that out of the 68 stu-
dents who wrote the exam 26 placed in
the top 200.
And at San Fernando Girls , Webb who
has entered several school and national
calypso competitions, performed a calypso
composed by her father. Six students from
that school placed in the first 200. Her
teacher Helen Dwarika described her as
the perfect student.
Grant Memorial produces top SEA student again...
Anusha wants to
be brain surgeon RHONDOR DOWLAT
Minister of National Security Carl
Alfonso says he will sanction soldiers to
go into Enterprise, Chaguanas, once a
request is made by the police.
Speaking with the T&T Guardian yes-
terday, Alfonso made it clear that soldiers
would not impose themselves but would
wait until they were instructed to set up
"It is possible for the soldiers to go into
the area as it is now but a request will have
to be made by the acting Commissioner
of Police. This request will mean that the
police need help to quell whatever is going
down in Enterprise," Alfonso said.
"The commissioner will be the one to
make the request and should it be made,
yes, I will sanction it," he said.
On Tuesday evening, residents of Bha-
galoo Street, Gittens Lane and Chris Terrace
West came out in their numbers to meet
with the Guardian Media Ltd team where
they spoke about their experiences of gun-
men coming into their area and shooting
them and their homes.
The residents also said they were being
threatened if they did not yield to extortion
They made a desperate plea for the inter-
vention of soldiers to restore peace to their
When asked about progress in the inves-
tigations into the upsurge of crime in Cen-
tral, Alfonso replied, "There is no further
development but the police are down there
now doing what they are supposed to be
doing at the end of the day to bring the
situation under control."
Intelligence sources have identified one
of the Muslim leaders involved in the Enter-
prise, Chaguanas, gang rivalry as an ex-
US military personnel.
Police said they received information
that the man, along with his group of fol-
lowers, has been banned from entering
several mosques in Central and North
Over the past two days, videos have been
posted on Facebook, talking about the
upsurge of gang activities in the Central
The man in the video alleged that senior
officers in the Central Division were affil-
iated with gangs in the area. The man also
alleged that these police officers gave the
tip-off to gang members regarding the
police exercise on Sunday led by the Central
The Police Complaints Authority (PCA)
said it was aware of allegations of serious
police misconduct and corruption stemming
from an exercise, and pursuant to Section
21(1) (b) of the PCA Act the PCA had ini-
tiated an independent investigation into
San Fernando Girls' Government student Aaliyah Webb, right, who placed third overall in the SEA
exams, celebrates with her classmates following the announcement of yesterday's results.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Beaming with happiness, the top three SEA
students, although from different schools, shared the
same advice to upcoming SEA students: "Hard work
Future brain surgeon Anusha, the only child to her
parents---Indian nationals Jayanta and Kuntyala Saha---
said with hard work and perseverance success would
"I want to thank everyone for my success. I would
not have been able to do it without all my teachers and
my parents, especially my mom.
"I am very happy today and I know that my hard
work really paid off," said Anusha, who especially
thanked her SEA teacher Nicole Subhanee.
She said she wanted to become a brain surgeon
because she liked "to do stuff like doctors and I am
interested in doctors and science."
Anusha, who is also involved in chess, music, singing
and spelling, will like to visit the US during her vacation.
Promising to grant that wish, her father, an engineer,
said they migrated to T&T 15 years ago when Anusha
was two-and-half months old.
Although confident he was going to do well, second
place was not something Rajan expected.
Aspiring to become an attorney, Rajan said: "I feel
very proud of myself. I will like to thank every one who
has helped me. I did very few lessons and most of the
work came from my teachers."
He thanked SEA teacher Shaheed Allaham and his
HARD WORK PAYS OFF
In congratulating all 18,310 students
who wrote SEA, Persad-Bissessar said:
"This year a total of 74 boys and 126
girls placed in the top 200 students in
"Last year, T&T recorded the best
academic performance ever in the
history of all three exams, the SEA, the
CSEC and the CAPE. In 2015, this year,
the academic performance has
surpassed last year, this year recording
the best performance ever in the
history of this exam."
Speaking at Grant Memorial
Presbyterian, she added: "It seems to
me that this school must have a very
special formula because you score so
highly all the time. Strategy is very
important and your strategy has been
to be at the top and winning.
"I ask you to continue it but I also
ask the Minister of Education to see
and find out what is the strategy here,
what is the model that is used, what is
the formula that your school ends up
ever so often in the top ranks of the
SEA, so minister we could learn a lot
from Grant Memorial." She promised
to build an auditorium for the school
PM PROMISES AUDITORIUM
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