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St Augustine Girls High School
has been awarded the highest number
of open scholarships in the Caribbean
Advanced Proficiency Examination
(Cape), according to results given yes-
terday by Education Minister Dr Tim
Speaking at yesterday s post-cabinet
media briefing, at the Office of the
Prime Minister, St Clair, Gopeesingh
also singled out for comment Hillview
College, Tunapuna; Holy Faith Con-
vent, Couva; and St Joseph s Convent,
Port-of-Spain as top achieving schools.
Gopeesingh said the President s
Medal Award winners---Abhinav Karan
of Presentation College, Chaguanas
and Shelmiah Peterkin of St Joseph s
Convent, St Joseph---were announced
last week by Prime Minister Kamla
According to the CXC Examining
Board s results, Gopeesingh said, 93
per cent of students obtaining schol-
arship places received grades One to
Five and 66 per cent received Grades
One to Three.
This year, Gopeesingh said, 40 out
of the 134 secondary schools were
Out of those 40, 11 government sec-
ondary schools have been awarded
scholarships, Gopeesingh said, adding
this was a further improvement over
last year s results where three govern-
ment secondary schools received schol-
"It means the government secondary
schools are doing better and better and
this augurs well for T&T s education
system," he said.
Gopeesingh said a larger number of
students have been able to get schol-
arships since government increased
the number of scholarships from 376
in 2012 to 428 this year.
"This is due to an improvement in
academic performance by Cape stu-
dents. We ve moved from approxi-
mately 86 per cent of students achiev-
ing Grades One to Five in Cape to
approximately 93 per cent receiving
Grades One to Five," Gopeesingh
"Out of the 3,500 students who
write Cape, we re now giving out 428
scholarships, close to about 12 per cent
students---receiving open or additional
scholarships. We ve ensured the
amount of scholarships offered is com-
mensurate with the improvement in
students performance," he said.
The increases in scholarships come
at a cost of approximately $58 million
per year, he said.
He said 162 more students have been
able to get scholarships thanks to an
increase in places over the years since
Gopeesingh said over the four years
the People s Partnership administration
has awarded 1,487 scholarships: 272
open and 1,215 additional scholarships.
He said scholarships have been
awarded in a large number of subjects
including business, general studies,
mathematics, technical and modern
On other matters Gopeesingh said
he was disappointed he has not yet
received the report of the probe into
the leak of SEA exam results.
He said the Marabella primary school
which didn t open on time for the new
term, is now open after $600,000
worth of repairs. Aranguez Primary
School is almost completed too, he
Asja Boys' College---3 Additional
Asja Girls' College---1 Open, 13 Additional.
Asja Boys Charlieville---1 Additional.
Arima Central ---1 Additional.
Barrackpore Government Secondary---2
Bishop Anstey Trinity East---14 Additional.
Bishop Anstey---1 Open, 15 Additional.
Bishop's Tobago---2 Additional.
Couva East Secondary ---5 Additional.
Fatima College- 2 Open, 6 Additional.
Fyzabad Anglican---1 Additional.
Hillview College---3 Open, 28 Additional.
Holy Faith Convent , Couva---3 Open, 21
Holy Faith Convent , Penal---1 Open, 8
Holy Name Convent, Port of Spain ---1
Open, 8 Additional.
Iere High School---4 Additional.
Lakshmi Girls' Hindu College---3 Open, 11
Marabella Secondary---1 Additional.
Naparima Boys' College---6 Open, 25
Naparima Girls' College---4 Open, 36
North Eastern College---3 Additional.
Presentation College, Chaguanas---4 Open,
Presentation College, San Fernando---1
Open, 12 Additional.
Queen's Royal College---1 Open, 3
Rio Claro West---1 Additional.
San Fernando Secondary Central---2
Shiva Boys' Hindu College- 1 Additional.
St Augustine Girls' High School---18 Open,
St George's College---1 Open , 6 Additional.
St Joseph's Convent, Port of Spain---13
Open, 26 Additional.
St Joseph's Convent, San Fernando ---1
Open, 3 Additional.
St Joseph's Convent, St Joseph---5 Open,
St Stephen's College---1 Open, 3 Additional
St Anthony's College ---1 Additional.
St Francois' College---5 Additional.
St Mary's College- 15 Additional.
Upper Level---1 Additional.
Vishnu Boys' Hindu College---2 Additional.
Waterloo Secondary---2 Additional.
The COP executive met last night to discuss alternative pro-
posals the UNC has put to the party for contesting local Gov-
ernment seats in the October 21 Local Government polls, COP
acting general secretary Clive Weatherhead says.
Speaking just ahead of the meeting in a telephone interview,
Weatherhead said while some earlier talks between the UNC
and COP had agreed on certain aspects of the Partnership s
campaign position, other items were still outstanding.
This includes COP s proposals to contest all seats in half of
the 14 regional corporation areas.
COP put this position to the UNC recently after its National
Council mandated the party to seek a larger shareholding to
Weatherhead said the UNC subsequently put its own proposal
to the COP.
He declined comment when asked if the COP did not want
that position. He said the parties had not had a negotiation
meeting "in the last 48 hours" and the COP was meeting last
night to discuss the UNC s suggestions and its own position
on how to proceed.
The latest meeting with the UNC negotiating team over can-
didates for the local government elections broke down on Monday.
A source with knowledge of the unfolding situation said yes-
terday the national council would discuss whether to accept the
UNC-dominated position and accede to its demands, request
a leadership meeting among coalition heads, or make the "ultimate
decision" and walk away from the partnership.
"If the meeting with the Prime Minister does not yield any
fruit, then we may have to take the ultimate decision," the source
The source said the COP s negotiation team, led by party
chairman Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan, had met with the UNC
team of Roodal Moonilal, Suruj Rambachan, former COP member
Marlene Coudray and Khadijah Ameen three times in the past
month and the meetings had been growing more and more tense
until Monday s "complete breakdown."
"The COP went into that discussion very open and willing
to negotiate. Though the party executive was mandated to contest
seven corporations for the local government elections, the COP
was willing to be flexible.
"In the first meeting that position was met with some level
of understanding but by the second meeting talks started breaking
down. By the third meeting on Monday, it was a total fallout,"
the source said.
"It is in keeping with what has become the status quo with
the UNC/COP relationship. There is no partnership discussion.
The Prime Minister is more open-minded, so we are hoping
that it could be resolved at a leadership meeting," the source
The party capitulated after the second meeting and went from
seven to six corporations, but was still met with an immovable
UNC team. The COP sources said the party wanted to keep the
San Fernando and Tunapuna/Piarco Regional Corporations but
it seemed the UNC wanted to keep the partnership strongholds
and pit the COP against both the People s National Movement
and the growing Independent Liberal Party in their respective
"The truth is the ILP is making great inroads in the traditional
PNM strongholds," the source said.
Another source within the COP yesterday confirmed the
fallout and said the COP team included former chairman Joseph
Toney and one of the party s deputy political leaders.
Toney, in a brief telephone interview yesterday, confirmed he
was a part of the team, but refused to comment on the stalemate
"Yes, I am on the team, but that is all I am going to say," he
The party s national executive met first at 5 pm and then
again with its National Council at 6.30 pm in order to get a
democratic decision and is expected to announce its revised
position before the end of the week.
On Wednesday, UNC deputy leader Dr Roodal Moonilal had
said the parties had not yet completed their negotiations but
he expected this would be finalised by the end of the week.
COP, UNC still
at odds over
local govt seats
CAPE SCHOLS 2013:
Form One students from San Fernando East Secondary School during walk for peace yesterday around Pleasantville
Circular, San Fernando. The event was organised be the school's Science Department. PHOTO:KRISTIAN DE SILVA
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