The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Prime Min­is­ter and Min­is­ter for Fi­nance, Eco­nomic Af­fairs, Plan­ning and So­cial Se­cu­rity, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. An­thony, has ex­tended con­grat­u­la­tions to the stu­dents and schools who ex­celled in this year's Com­mon En­trance Ex­am­i­na­tion (CEE).

The re­sults of the Com­mon En­trance were pub­lished on Mon­day, July 7, 2015 by the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion. Ariel Al­bert of Dame Pear­lette Louisy Pri­mary was the top stu­dent and achieved a score of 96.67%. The Montes­sori Cen­tre was the top pri­vate school and Pi­aye Com­bined was the top pri­mary school.

Ac­cord­ing to the Prime Min­is­ter, "This is a week of cel­e­bra­tion for many house­holds and schools and an ex­cit­ing time for those re­ceiv­ing their re­sults. I wish to com­mend our stu­dents, their ded­i­cated teach­ers, par­ents and wider fam­i­lies for their achieve­ments. Our top achiever, Miss Al­bert, and the chil­dren of Dame Pear­lette Louisy Pri­mary, are de­serv­ing of our ap­plause. I also wish to rec­og­nize, in a spe­cial way, the stu­dents and teach­ers of the Pi­aye Com­bined School. This is a great per­for­mance for a small school in the south. This achieve­ment em­pha­sizes that with good lead­er­ship all schools have the po­ten­tial to ex­cel.”

He added, “It is note­wor­thy that our stu­dents have at­tained the high­est scores ever in Math­e­mat­ics and English. This may well sug­gest that in­vest­ments in ed­u­ca­tion are bear­ing fruit."

Ac­cord­ing to the Prime Min­is­ter, whereas all stu­dents are guar­an­teed a place in a sec­ondary school, their de­sire to ex­cel and achieve their best scores have not dwin­dled.

The Prime Min­is­ter said,"There is less anx­i­ety sur­round­ing the Com­mon En­trance re­sults since the ad­vent of Uni­ver­sal Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion. How­ever, the ex­cite­ment is still there. I have seen cel­e­bra­tions at schools, in com­mu­ni­ties and on so­cial media, as our chil­dren have made their par­ents proud.

“Thank­fully, over 99% of our stu­dents will be as­signed to sec­ondary schools. I am also pleased that we are be­gin­ning to see the pos­i­tive re­sults of the Par­tial Zon­ing Pol­icy, as most stu­dents chose schools within their dis­tricts as their first op­tion. This shows con­fi­dence in the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion af­forded at our schools.”

The Prime Min­is­ter urged all stu­dents to con­tinue to strive for ex­cel­lence. He said, "I say to our stu­dents, who will be en­ter­ing Form One in Septem­ber, this is just the be­gin­ning of your jour­ney. There are great things ahead of you. Ap­ply your­self, and there is no limit to what you can achieve."

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion dis­closed that 2,372 can­di­dates were pro­cessed for the 2015 CEE. The Min­istry also re­ported that the na­tional mean was 63.78%, an in­crease of 2.88% over 2014. An es­ti­mated 1,292 or 54.47% of the can­di­dates scored at or above the na­tional mean. Of the stu­dents who wrote this year's CEE, 2,359 were as­signed to sec­ondary schools.

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