The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

As part of Boka Group’s on­go­ing com­mit­ment to as­sist a whole gen­er­a­tion of stu­dents at Ca­naries and Bou­ton Com­bined schools with ed­u­ca­tional growth and achieve­ment, Boka Group re­warded each of the re­spec­tive schools’ top-per­form­ing stu­dents at Com­mon En­trance at a cer­e­mony on Fri­day Au­gust 28th, 2015.

Gianna Ser­vais from Bou­ton Com­bined School, who achieved 80.5 per­cent in the Com­mon En­trance ex­am­i­na­tion, was awarded the prize of a bi­cy­cle plus a bur­sary to­wards her books and other school fees for the com­ing school term. She will be at­tend­ing the Leon Hess Sec­ondary School in Septem­ber 2015.

Ca­naries Com­bined’s top per­former at the Com­mon En­trance ex­am­i­na­tion was Jeanelle Smith who achieved a pass rate of 85.67 per­cent and will be at­tend­ing St. Joseph’s Con­vent, the top girls’ sec­ondary school on the Is­land. Jeanelle was awarded a one year schol­ar­ship from the Boka Group that will cover her books and other school fees.

Ed­u­ca­tion Of­fi­cer for the dis­trict, Mrs Va­len­cia Charlery, stated that with­out the as­sis­tance of spon­sors like the Boka Group, such in­cen­tives as a means of en­cour­ag­ing the stu­dents to do bet­ter would not be pos­si­ble, or avail­able. Mrs Charlery ap­plauded Boka Group in­volve­ment in the three schools in Ca­naries and Bou­ton and added: “The help that Boka Group is giv­ing to these schools has shown im­me­di­ate re­mark­able im­prove­ment in the chil­dren’s over­all per­for­mance, with these schools achiev­ing an over­all av­er­age of 63.85 per­cent and Ca­naries Pri­mary School mov­ing up the rank­ings to 2nd in the Ed­u­ca­tion Dis­trict 8.”

This par­tic­u­lar dis­trict was renowned for very low pass­ing grades for over five years, at the Com­mon En­trance exam; how­ever, the stu­dents have been able to raise the bar and achieve a 63.85 per­cent pass rate, re­sult­ing in more of them earn­ing a place in sec­ondary schools around the is­land.

Mr Ge­orge Alcindor, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Boka Group, stated: “We will con­tinue to work with the prin­ci­pals and stu­dents in Bou­ton and Ca­naries to im­prove over­all per­for­mance at Com­mon En­trance by im­ple­ment­ing in­no­va­tive pro­grammes that will en­gage stu­dents not only aca­dem­i­cally but by stim­u­lat­ing their minds and cre­ativ­ity. One such pro­gramme that the Group hopes to em­ploy is Chess in Schools, which has be­come a very pop­u­lar learn­ing tool in the north of the is­land. The long term goal is to have many more stu­dents from this dis­trict place in the top 10 at the is­land’s Com­mon En­trance exam.”

Ge­orge Alcindor, MD Boka Es­tates Ltd, and top scorer for Ca­naries Pri­mary, Jean­nelle Smith.

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