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KALIFA SARAH CLYNE
and TAUREEF MOHAMMED
Tears of joy and disappoint-
ment, screams and shouts of
jubilation made up the cacoph-
ony of sounds that erupted from
classrooms and offices in pri-
mary schools across T&T yes-
terday as thousands of pupils
received the results of their Sec-
ondary Entrance Assessment
The results were collected by
principals around 8:30 am yes-
terday and distributed to parents
and pupils at schools an hour
At Sacred Heart Boys Primary
School in Port-of-Spain, boys
were busy writing messages on
each other s starched cream shirts
in bright neon pink, green and
At another school, these
brightly-coloured messages were
accompanied by cellphone num-
Parents sat on benches outside
the school s courtyard looking
forward with nervous eyes.
At the Tranquillity Government
Primary School on Tragarete Road
12-year-old Sapphya Nicholas sat
on a chair with a brown envelope
in her hand and cried.
She had passed for her first
choice of school, St Joseph s Con-
Sapphya then called her mother
who she said was stuck in traffic
but disconnected the call a short
while later as she could not
understand any words between
her mother s excited screams.
"I m shocked," Sapphya said.
"I didn t think I had done badly
but I also didn t think I had gotten
good enough marks to get into
St Joseph s Convent."
She said she expected the
school to be strict but was still
excited to attend in September.
Like many of her peers, Sap-
phya couldn t help but mourn
friends she had interacted with
almost every day for the past
"I feel sad because I have to
make new friends in a new school
and I expect it to be challeng-
Veronique De Gannes, 12, will
be attending Success Laventille
Secondary School in September.
"I cried because I was sad and
"It is probably a good school
but I feel like I was zoned. I want-
ed to go to Providence."
Tirik Crovador, who wants to
become an electrical engineer,
said he was very happy to have
passed for St Anthony s College.
When asked what his plans are
for the holidays, he said, " I plan
to revise more, because I have to
keep up my standard for second-
In St James, principal of St
Agnes Anglican School Lauralyn
Alexander-Olivier was busy
preparing her pupils for results.
"Teachers teach, wherever you
at whatever school you pass for,
even if it is not what you wanted,"
Alexander-Olivier told her pupils.
She said each child was given
results in a closed envelope to be
opened at their discretion.
While some rejoiced and others
lamented, most of them were
looking forward to the almost
two-month long vacation before
academic life resumed.
One student said she just
wanted to party and "fete" until
Several parents shared their
secrets of success with the T&T
Florence Warren Scott, mother
of Johanna Scott, said raising her
child in Laventille did not hinder
her from ensuring that her child
was successful in the SEA exam.
Advising parents of other chil-
dren, a proud Scott said: "Being
from the area of Laventille, I know
it is challenging, but show me a
parent who cares and you ll see
a child who is producing."
"It is all about what you put
in---your dedication and love
toward your child," she added.
She said the Pennacool pro-
gramme offered online by the
Ministry of Education was useful
for her daughter.
mother of Jelani Frederick of
Sacred Heart RC, said her child s
success came after years of atten-
In encouraging parents to ded-
icate time to their children, she
said: "Don t leave it to the last
year and last minute.
"It has to be an going process,
starting from the first year of
"You have to make sure that
they are on top of their work from
the time they enter school to fifth
standard," she added.
See Pages A12 and A13
SEA dreams come
true; others crushed
After receiving SEA exam results, Irian Allen signs his name on his Lower
Morvant Government Primary School classmate Tamia Lawrence who scribbles
graffiti on Johanna Yorke, while Mary Green looks on. PHOTO: DENNIS TAYÉ ALLEN
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