Education Minister, Deputy Prime Minister Hon. Shawn Richards has offered personal congratulations to the 2015 State Scholar and runners up, along with the top performers in this year’s CXC CSEC exams.
Christian Bryden of the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College was adjudged State Scholar for his performance at CAPE, attaining eleven (11) Grade I passes. He also achieved the Most Outstanding performance in Natural Science.
Tyler Martin of the Nevis Sixth Form College is the Runner-up State Scholar and Jamalje Bassue of Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College is the Second Runner-up State Scholar.
Tyler and Jamalje both achieved six Grade 1s and two 2s, however in accordance with the established criteria for determining a tiebreak, CXC computed the General Module Performance for them and it was determined that Tyler had 16 – As, 4 – Bs and C and Jamalje had 15 – As, 4 – Bs and C.
Tassaney Steinbergen of Verchilds High School produced the Most Outstanding Performance in the May-June 2015 CSEC examinations for St. Kitts and Nevis, attaining thirteen (13) Grade I passes and two Grade 2s.
Xavier-Jon Bass of the Washington Archibald High School offered twelve (12) subjects and attained a Grade I pass in all 12. He gained Most Outstanding Performance in Business for St. Kitts and Nevis.
Orwencia Haynes also of the WAHS earned eight (8) Grade I passes and two Grade 2s to cop the Most Outstanding Performance in Humanities for St. Kitts and Nevis.
Nekhaila Tyson of the Charlestown Secondary School offered fifteen (15) subjects and earned eleven (11) Grade I passes and four Grade 2s.
“As Minister with responsibility for Education I publicly extend congratulations to all of the students who would have done well at CSEC and CAPE. At this time special commendation goes out to the State Scholar and runners up, as well as the CXC top performer and runners up,” Richards told The Observer.
He is of the view that the education system in the federation is extremely sound, as the students in St. Kitts and Nevis continue to rise to the challenge and excel at the exams, improving from year to year.
“They continue to return excellent results each year, but having said that, however, there is room for improvement.”
The Deputy PM noted that this year the top performers at CAPE were male, a deviation from the female domination of those positions. He said it is heartening to see the nation’s young men excelling in school against the backdrop of widespread antisocial behavior in young males.
“Kudos to our young men!” he extolled.
Minister Richards said based on the review of the local education system undertaken by UNESCO, reforms would be made to provide an even better learning experience for students.
Acknowledging the fact that not all students are academically inclined, he announced the Ministry of Education would in 2016, roll out reforms to the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) system.
“We have partnered with the CDB to provide the necessary funding to improve our offering of TVET studies. No society can function with only doctors, lawyers and teachers; technical vocations such as electricians, plumbers, roofers etcetera are critical as well.”