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Relief was how students summed up
their emotions yesterday as they collected
their Caribbean Advanced Proficiency
Examination (CAPE) results at schools in
ASJA Boys College student, Sameer
Mohammed, 19, of San Fernando, speaking
with the T&T Guardian after receiving his
results said he was relieved and happy.
"I wrote eight units and I got ones, twos
and threes. It was hard work but I had fun
at the same time. I would say my success
was through hard work and dedication,"
Mohammed added. He said he would be
attending the University of the West Indies
where he intended to pursue a degree in
At Presentation College, San Fernando,
there was excitement among a group of
friends as they received their results.
Kiral Khan, 18, of Chaguanas, and his
friend Jordan Gopie, 19, of Claxton Bay,
expressed joy at their success in the exam-
inations. Khan said he was expecting to do
well in four subjects. He earned five ones
and three twos in his eight units.
"I feel good. It was a great experience,
especially at Pres. It was not too much
studying. I think my friends, family and
Pres teachers helped my success," he added.
Khan said he had been accepted at the
University of Waterloo, Canada, to study
actuarial science. He will be leaving Trinidad
later today for Canada.
Gopie said he got the results for which
he worked but said he could have done bet-
"I got six twos, a one and four. I want
to take a year off. I would like to get into
a foreign university or UWI to study math-
ematics. I had support from my friends and
excellent support from my teachers and
family," he added.
Another Presentation College student,
Chris Meetoo, 19, of Freeport, said he earned
all ones in his eight units and hoped to
attend UWI to pursue electrical engineer-
Yesterday, Holy Faith Convent s (Penal)
acting principal, Norma James, said the
school was overjoyed with the 2012/2013
CAPE and Caribbean Secondary Examina-
tion Certificate (CSEC) results.
She said the school noted a 97 per cent
pass rate, with 81 per cent of the girls receiv-
ing grades ones, twos and threes in CSEC,
adding the school had a 96 per cent overall
pass rate for CAPE. She said 80 per cent
of the students got ones and twos.
James said: "It makes us feel very proud
of our girls. This is a school that is focused
on the holistic development of the student.
The academic year 2012/2013 was excellent.
We want to thank God and congratulate
the teachers and all members of staff."
She said one of the students wrote eight
subjects and attained eight distinctions.
James said another student who wrote six
CAPE subjects got six distinctions.
Alim Ali, principal of ASJA Boys College,
said the school had "fairly good results." He
said the science subjects were good but
there was a decline in performance in the
"In both cases we had close to 90 per
cent in both CAPE and CSEC. A number
of students got all ones at CSEC level. We
expect a number of scholarships as well."
CHARLES KONG SOO
Despite a report from the Subject Awards
Committee that the performance of the majority
of pupils who wrote the 2013 Caribbean Sec-
ondary Education Certificate (CSEC) mathe-
matics examination was unsatisfactory, several
schools were happy with the overall results.
St Joseph s Convent, Port-of-Spain, achieved
a 100 per cent pass rate in the Caribbean Exam-
inations Council (CXC) mathematics and Shiva
Boys Hindu College, Penal, attained a 96 per
cent pass rate for the Caribbean Advanced Pro-
ficiency Examinations (CAPE) mathematics.
A St Joseph s, the CAPE mathematics teacher
yesterday said the school achieved 100 per cent
pass rate with 81 per cent of its 122 students
attaining Grade One in CXC mathematics.
She attributed the school s success rate to the
dedication of its students and teachers who gave
100 per cent of themselves and "worked very
hard and pushed themselves."
Shiva Boys Hindu College principal, Dexter
Sakal, said his school achieved a 96 per cent
pass rate in CAPE mathematics and 56 per cent
in CSEC mathematics.
However, Sakal said the less-than-stellar per-
formance of the more than 13,000 pupils who
wrote the 2013 CSEC mathematics examination
and who were unable to correctly measure a line
and an angle in one question on the test paper
was a reflection of the state of the present society
and the education system.
He said education was a combination of what
was in society and what the school offered which
both impacted on the child.
Sakal said if a child could reach so far and still
not carry out basic things, then both society and
the education system were responsible.
Acting principal of Queen s Royal College,
David Simon, said: "Generally we are happy but
we always strive for better results. We always
seek to have our students do even better. However,
we haven t done a deep analysis as yet.
"We just received the results and are in the
process of distributing them. We did a summary
or cursory glance at the report but we know we
could do better."
Secretary general of the Sanatan Dharma Maha
Sabha, Sat Maharaj, said most, if not all, of the
schools under the purview of the organisation
did better than last year.
He added: "We re still tabulating the CSEC
results. However, the principals seem to be quite
happy with the results. One business studies
school s 19 students wrote the exams and 18 got
"Shiva Boys did pretty alright and Vishnu
Boys College achieved 74 per cent in mathe-
"Lakshmi College is one of the top performing
schools when it comes to scholarships."
Minister of Education Dr Tim Gopeesingh said
the analysis of the results was being done and
he would be in a better position to comment by
All pass at
in CXC maths
Relief as CAPE results released
Students of Presentation College, from left, Kiral Khan, Balraj Dipchand, Christ Meetoo and
Jordan Gopie celebrate their success. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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