Bishops' High leaps to 90% overall success at CXC

Stabroek News
August 31, 2000

Although the Bishops' High School has been improving steadily this year, it has taken a "big leap" to a whopping 90% overall pass rate at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate's (CSEC) June sitting compared to the 82% it received last year.

Headmistress of the school, Maureen Massiah yesterday described the improvement as a bit "surprising" as they were striving to maintain their standard in the eighties and have now made some great strides to reach the nineties.

The school's top student is Mary Hussein who gained eight grade ones and one grade three. She got grade ones in History, English A, English B, Mathematics, Office Procedure, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business and Social Studies and the grade three in Information Technology.

She was followed by Yogini Lochan, who gained nine subjects with seven grade ones, while three of her other colleagues, Rayanna Dowding, Natalia Ramotar and Nadia Singh each gained eight subjects with seven grade ones.

Dionne Greeman and Joanna Lee each gained nine subjects with six grade ones. Vijay Orilall, the only boy among the top achievers, and Joanna Trim each got eight subjects with six grade ones.

Also performing well were Feyade Hanoman and Shanielle Hussain who got nine subjects each with five grade ones; Gaitri Coobsammy, eight subjects with five grade ones and Aruna Budram, seven subjects with five grade ones.

Massiah noted that while it was stated that the performance of students in English A overall had dropped this year, at her school a 96.8% pass rate was achieved compared to last year's performance in the 80s.

She described this as the "high point" in the performance of the school this year. "Over and beyond this fact we took twenty-two subjects and gained a 100% pass in nine of them," she stated.

She said the school did extremely well, mentioning that ninety-one students wrote the exams and eight-three of them gained passes in eight subjects and more.

"Needless to say my students pleased me well," Massiah said with a beaming face.

Stabroek News caught up with Hussein and ten of her colleagues at the school yesterday and they all said they were relieved and ecstatic over their results.

The soft-spoken Hussein, who had to be prompted by her colleagues to speak, said she would be going off to the University of Guyana (UG) to pursue a degree in accountancy.

She advised students who would be entering fifth form to tune in to the radio every night and listen to "Caught in the Slips" with Joyce Jonas, which she said was very helpful for her. Her classmates adopted the same line referring to the English CXC page in the Sunday Stabroek.

All of them gave high praise to God as well as their parents.

The students also mentioned a number of teachers whom they said were instrumental in their success. These included Miss Mendonza, Miss Harris, Miss Pile; Miss Walcott; Miss Ramesar; Miss Cave; Miss Dowding; Miss Greeman; Miss Singh; Sir Lee; Miss Fung; Sir Duff; Sir Ali; Sir Perry; and Sir Conway.

The golden boy in the group, Orilall, said that he would be pursuing an accountancy course. Most of the other students will be going on to the sixth form, aiming to study law.

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