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CSEC and Cape top achievers recognized in San Ignacio Print E-mail
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Thursday, 30 November 2017 00:00

Hundreds of students from across the country turned up last week in San Ignacio to celebrate their remarkable achievements in the educational arena. On Thursday at the Sacred Heart College Auditorium in San Ignacio Town more than one hundred and thirty students were recognized for being top achievers in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination CAPE and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate CSEC exams taken earlier this year. Information released by the Ministry of Education shows that some three thousand seven hundred and ninety-four students signed up for the CSEC exams for the 2016 to 2017 school year.

From those numbers, Fredezia Lambey of Independence High School received the highest scores after taking sixteen exams, in which she obtained fifteen grade ones and one grade two. Her dedication to education paid off after sacrificing both her Christmas and Summer towards study. In addition, Independence High School had since 2006 placed the right infrastructure for the delivery of quality services to students said Principal Omar Longsworth. As a result Lambey has received a scholarship and numerous certificates and prizes.

In addition to the CSEC, the top achievers in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination CAPE were also recognized on Thursday. On hand to receive the full honors for coming in first with nine grade one’s was Joseph McGann, on behalf of his daughter Josette McGann from the Saint John’s Junior College. For her achievement, Josette McGann has obtained the two hundred thousand dollar open scholarship.

Brenda Armstrong, Chairperson of the CXC National Committee in Belize has told the media that the range of subjects taken under CXC have broadened from some 15 subjects to around 30 and Belize’s high  school curricula have adjusted. There are now a larger number of passes because students have been taking additional subjects. Armstrong also added that both the CSEC and CAPE exams have currency across the nations of the World and are most suitable in keeping the cost of university education down.

Guest speaker for the 23rd CXC National Awards was Joycelyn Azueta a lecturer at the University of Belize. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, the Hon. Patrick Faber also spoke to the students.