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Hard work, discipline, respect and atten-
tion for her teachers led to her success, says
one of the top performing students in the
Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exami-
Ashisha Nirupa Persad, a former student
of Naparima Girls High School, said she was
not surprised by her achievement after she
was announced as one of two President s
Gold Medal winners by Education Minister
"I am really excited to bring some glory
to my school," she said in an interview at
the school yesterday.
Shivrani Prabhudial, of Lakshmi Girls
Hindu College, was announced as the other
girl who copped the President s Gold Medal.
She will be honoured by her school this
The diminutive Persad, who stands just
over four feet, also broke the school s dry
seven-year spell since they won their last
Presidental Medal, making it 13 to date.
Persad is the second of two daughters for
Dr Rambachan Persad and mother Carmen,
a financial manager, of Gulf View.
Her elder sister, Sitara, who also attended
Naps Girls also won an open scholarship
(mathematics) in 2012 and is pursuing engi-
neering at Massachusetts Institute of Tech-
nology (MIT) in the United States.
Saying her sister is her inspiration, Persad
also intends to head to MIT in the next year,
after taking some time off to relax, to pursue
a similar path.
Surrounded by her proud parents, principal
Caroline Bally-Gosein and teachers, Persad
said having earned ten distinctions at the
CSEC level which won her the President s
Medal, Gold, in 2013 and ten distinctions as
well in CAPE in the area of information tech-
nology, mathematics, physics and chemistry
and Caribbean communication over the two
Her dad said he too was not surprised that
his daughters had both won scholarships
because of their dedication and discipline.
"I always thought they had it in them to
excel and they have done that, so I an very
proud and very happy for their accomplish-
ment," he said.
He and his wife also showered praises on
the principal and staff for their commitment
and dedication to the all- round development
of students at the school.
"She is a joy to have as a child," mom Car-
Forty-five girls, including Persad, set a
new record for their alma mater by winning
an unprecedented 45 of the 443 national
scholarships based on the CAPE results
They also set a new record of 17 of the
102 open scholarships awarded, beating last
year s record of 10 open and 23 additional.
Principal Caroline Bally-Gosine was over-
joyed with the school s results.
"This is the icing on what I was hoping
to be a very large cake and I am not disap-
pointed," Bally-Gosine said yesterday as she
hugged and congratulated Persad for bringing
glory once more to the Presbyterian-run all
girls high school.
"I am truly happy with the results. It is
the first time the school has won 45 schol-
arships and also the highest number of open
scholarships. This success is indeed an inspi-
ration to our Sixth Form students and our
younger girls,"she added.
However, the principal said the crowning
glory would by no means lull them into com-
placency but drive them to further excel-
"At this school we don t just aim for aca-
demic excellence, we focus on the holistic,
overall development of the child but we aim
to break more records.
"There is always room for improvement
and when we examine what we have done
we will not rest on our laurels. We intend
to better and break this record."
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President's Medal winner as she heads to MIT:
'Glory to my school'
Proud parents --- Dr Rambachan Persad and his wife, Carmen --- with their daughter
Ashisha, who was announced as one of the President's Gold Medal winners yesterday.
PHOTO: RISHI RAGOONATH
Denominational schools copped 95 per cent
of the 443 national scholarships and the Ministry
of Education intends to find out why Govern-
ment schools are performing so badly.
Speaking at a press conference, in Parliament,
yesterday to announce the top scholarship winners
--- Ashisha Nirupa Persad, Naparima Girls High
School in San Fernando and Shivrani Prabhudial
of Lakshmi Girls Hindu College are the winners
of this year s President s Medals --- Education
Minister Anthony Garcia said Prime Minister Dr
Keith Rowley and other members of Cabinet were
not pleased with the performance of Government
He said Cabinet was "very concerned that from
the Government secondary schools, including
Queen s Royal College and St George s College,
only five per cent of the scholarship winners
came from those schools. Cabinet was not pleased
He said he was asked by the Cabinet to look
at the situation closely with a view of ensuring
that in our Government schools, where most of
our resources are spent, the students do much
Asked to identify the factors that would have
caused that result in the Government schools,
Garcia said an in-depth investigation would be
carried out and only when it was concluded he
would be able to give reasons.
Garcia said the investigators would include his
advisers, other officials from the ministry and
It would determine why Government schools
were not performing as well as the denominational
Garcia said 443 students have been awarded
He said 102 students would be awarded open
scholarships, while the remaining 341 students
will be awarded additional scholarships.
According to Garcia, Persad topped in math-
ematics, technology studies, natural sciences and
He said Prabhudial topped in business studies,
languages, modern studies, technical studies,
visual and performing arts and general studies.
Garcia said the awards were discussed and
approved during the Cabinet meeting earlier yes-
Govt schools get
only 5% of schols
San Fernando Mayor Kazim Hosein also extended congratulations to Ashisha
and the 44 other scholarship winners, saying they have brought great pride to the
city of San Fernando.
He also congratulated his alma mater, Naparima College, on its achievement of
40 scholarships and encouraged all the young men "to step up to the challenge set
by our young women."
To the winners, he said: "Your success continues in the legacy of excellence long
established by the primary and secondary schools of our city.
"Our schools' performances show that San Fernando is not only the energy
capital but the educational capital of T&T."
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