Hard work really does pay off

Jorrel De Santos

–as NGSA top achievers find out

JORREL De Santos of New Guyana School secured the top position as Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand announced the National Grade Six Assessment 2014 results, ahead of her previously stated June 27 date.

Speaking to the press at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) on Battery Road, Kingston, Georgetown, she said the highest possible standardised scores obtainable were 136 points for Mathematics, 132 points for English Language, 137 points for Social Studies and 135 points for Science, making a total of 540 available.

Aliah Mohamed

She also said cut-off marks for the top sixth form secondary schools are Queen’s College (QC) 514; Bishops’ High School 510; St. Stanislaus College 506; St. Rose’s High School 503 and St. Joseph High School 500.
The other top nine candidates are Aliah Mohamed of School of the Nations with 531 marks; Ravi Singh of Westfield Prep with 530; Isaac Mallampati of New Guyana School with 527;

Ravi Singh

Analise Samaroo of School of the Nations with 525; Krystal Singh of Success Elementary with 524; Jeremiah Bentham of Winfer Gardens with 524; Jeron Boucher of Genesis Early Childhood in Region Three with 524; Shania De Groot of Success Elementary with 523 and Reuben Stanley of Mae’s Under-12 with 523, all of whom secured places at QC.

DE SANTOS, who hopes to be a successful neurosurgeon, scored 533 marks out of a possible 540 to secure himself a place at QC. Speaking with the media, the confident youngster said:“I knew I would have done well because of the amount of work I put in. But I didn’t expect to do this well.” He explained that a lot of his recreational activities, such as playing video games and surfing the Internet had to stop. He thanked all his teachers, including his nursery school teacher, who helped to lay the foundation for him, his parents and family who supported him through his journey, as well as God for giving him the strength and understanding. His advice to other candidates is “Revise, revise, revise! The exam is not easy! Even though you might have done a past worksheet that was easy, still take my advice: Revise!”

Isaac Mallampati

Second-placed ALIAH MOHAMED, of School of the Nations, said she was very surprised when she was given the good news. She explained tha, when the work at school was finished, the homework and reading at home continued, even on weekends and holidays, but “It paid off.”

RAVI SINGH of Westfield Prep, who gained third position, related that the NGSA exams called for a lot of studying and commitment. He said that a lot of his hobbies and fun had to be put aside in order for him to achieve good results. When asked what his advice is to fellow students now preparing for the NGSA, he said: “This is a very stressful journey, but you have to brave-up; do your best.” He thanked God, his teachers, his friends and above all, the support of his family, for his success at the exam. He said, very boldly, that he wants to be a pilot.

Analisa Samaroo

ISAAC MALLAMPATI, also from the New Guyana School, conceded that “the exams were challenging, but because of all my studying, I was able to do well.” He gained fourth place with 527 marks, and is still considering what his plans for the August holidays are, while very excited about going to QC.
“I knew I worked hard, but this is such a surprise! I didn’t know I would have done so well!” said an excited Analisa Samaroo of School of the Nations, who achieved 525 marks to secure the fifth position.
She explained that she had to give up some of her hobbies to facilitate extra studies. “I hope they work hard, so that they can get to where I am going now” was her advice to her colleagues preparing for their exams.

Jeremiah Bentham

JEREMIAH BENTHAM from Winfer Gardens Primary shared the sixth position, achieving 524 marks, and securing a place at QC. “I feel very shocked at the moment but yet happy,” was his immediate response. He pointed out that his day starts as early as 04:00 hrs to have some extra studies done. He credited his success to God, his parents and teachers. “When you are in the exam room, do not doubt yourself; and make sure you study hard,” he advised fellow students.

Sharing the ninth position, REUBEN STANLEY from Mae’s Under-12, who gained 523 marks, said that he had a disappointing start when he missed the National Grade Two Assessment, but he continued to study, and today, it has paid off. He credits his success to his parents, who asked him to stop playing video games, cut down on his play time and continue to revise. He expressed thanks, as well, to his teachers and fellow classmates. “I love Science; it’s my best subject,” he said.

Reuben Stanley

A percentage of the marks gained at the Grade Two and the Grade Four Assessments was combined with the marks gained at the Grade Six Assessment in order to determine the candidates’ overall scores. Five percent of each candidate’s Grade Two score in Mathematics and English, and ten percent of the Grade Four in the same subjects, were added to 85 percent of each candidate’s score in those subjects. The combined scores in Mathematics and English were combined with the scores gained in Science and Social Studies.

(Photos by Sonell Nelson)

(By Rebecca Ganesh-Ally)