Aadi­lah Ali with the awards she re­ceived on Fri­day for her out­stand­ing per­for­mances at the Caribbean Ad­vanced Pro­fi­ciency Ex­am­i­na­tion (CAPE). She was among the many stu­dents who were hon­oured at the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s 22nd Na­tional Awards Cer­e­mony.

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Guyana’s top per­form­ing stu­dents at the pri­mary, sec­ondary and ter­tiary lev­els were hon­oured on Fri­day, when the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion held its 22nd Na­tional Awards Cer­e­mony.

Ac­cord­ing to a Depart­ment of Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion (DPI) re­port, Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Ni­co­lette Henry gave the fea­ture ad­dress at the event, which was hosted at the Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre.

“Notwith­stand­ing the tire­less con­tri­bu­tions from those who would have sup­ported you through this jour­ney such as teach­ers, men­tors, lec­tur­ers and your para­mount cheer­lead­ers, your par­ents, you have tri­umphed,” Henry was quoted as say­ing.

Henry, the re­port said, noted that the awards were started in Oc­to­ber, 1990 as a way of ac­knowl­edg­ing stu­dents that have done ex­cep­tion­ally well aca­dem­i­cally and those who achieved cer­tain scores thresh­olds in the dif­fer­ent ex­am­i­na­tions.

She said that the ex­er­cise also serves the pur­pose of en­cour­ag­ing stu­dents to strive for ex­cel­lence.

“When the cer­e­mony first be­gan in 1990, only stu­dents with out­stand­ing per­for­mance at the GCE Ex­am­i­na­tion and the CXC Ex­am­i­na­tions re­ceived awards. To­day I am proud to an­nounce that thir­teen awards have since been added which range from the Na­tional Grade Six As­sess­ment (NGSA) to the Cyril Pot­ter Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­am­i­na­tions. Honours are awarded from pri­mary all the way to ter­tiary, and who knows maybe one day, even our nurs­ery ba­bies may be awarded,” Henry said.

She noted too that spe­cial awards were also pre­sented to out­stand­ing Caribbean Sec­ondary Ed­u­ca­tion Cer­tifi­cate (CSEC) stu­dents with dis­abil­i­ties.

Pres­i­den­tial Schol­ar­ships were also awarded to the top Caribbean Ad­vanced Pro­fi­ciency Ex­am­i­na­tion (CAPE) stu­dents Aadi­lah Ali and Ra­jiv Munesh­war, both of Queen’s Col­lege, as well as top CSEC stu­dents Chris­tian Pile, of Queen’s Col­lege, and Shakira Bholo of Anna Regina Sec­ondary.

Sha­nia Khan, of Three Miles Sec­ondary, was awarded the Des­rey Fox Schol­ar­ship.

Ali also won awards for be­ing the Best CAPE Per­former, Most Out­stand­ing Over­all CAPE stu­dent in the Caribbean, and Most Out­stand­ing in Nat­u­ral Science in the Caribbean, while Munesh­war was awarded for be­ing the Most Out­stand­ing in Math­e­mat­ics in the re­gion.

Pile was awarded for be­ing CSEC’s Best Per­former. Awards were also be­stowed upon the Thomas Moore Pri­mary, Sand Creek Sec­ondary School and New Am­s­ter­dam Sec­ondary for be­ing the most im­proved pri­mary, ju­nior sec­ondary and se­nior sec­ondary schools.

This year’s awardees at the pri­mary and the sec­ondary lev­els were: NGSA Best Per­form­ers Naila Ra­haman (West­field Prep), Marks Arthur Roberts (New Guyana School) and Kaydee Ali (Suc­cess Ele­men­tary); CSEC Best Ju­nior Sec­ondary School Per­form­ers Shakira Bholo (Anna Regina Sec­ondary), Salma Ma­jeed (ISA Is­lamic School), Came­cia De La Cruz (Anna Regina Sec­ondary), Begum Baksh (Anna Regina Sec­ondary), and Dar­shanie Jadu­bir (J.C Chan­dis­ingh Sec­ondary); CSEC Best Se­nior Sec­ondary Per­form­ers Chris­tian Pile (Queen’s Col­lege), Areeb Ali (Queen’s Col­lege), Haema Das­rath (Queen’s Col­lege), Aarti Hooblall (Queen’s Col­lege), Le­shanna Bin­dah (Queen’s Col­lege), Reseda Hack (Queen’s Col­lege) and Yashoda Sa­ma­roo (Queen’s Col­lege).

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