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Top score for Essequibo Islands area, 477
Stabroek News
July 6, 2004

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The top student for the riverain area encompassing the Essequibo Islands scored 477 marks at the recent Secondary School Entrance Examinations (SSEE).

Thirty-five students from Region Three (Essequibo Islands/West Demerara) have secured places at President's College says a release from the Government Information agency (GINA).

The information was made known by the regional chairman, Esau Dookie who was addressing parents at Caria Caria and Saxcalli - both Amerindian villages, on the performance of the region.

In Region Three, 75 students from 17 primary schools in the region gained entry into senior secondary schools,

Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Harripersaud Nokta told residents of the logging community of Caria Caria, "money and treasure can be taken away, but a good education will be there always."

The top student gained 477 marks, making Caria Caria the top primary school in the riverain area. Headmaster Puran Ramdass told GINA that he is encouraged with his students' performance.

Nokta urged parents to continue supporting their children and emphasised the government's commitment to further enhance social development.

Nokta noted that 26,300 Amerindians are attending schools and 2,613 are at the secondary and tertiary levels. Therefore, the need for upgrading the secondary schools in the hinterland regions is a priority.

This was one of the concerns raised by a resident who asked if there was the possibility of having secondary education at primary schools because some parents face financial constraints to further their children's education.

Headmistress of the Saxcalli Primary, Pamela Kaiser read the school's annual report and pointed out that during the school term none of the teachers were absent.

Sonia Williams emerged as the top student with 424 marks and will be attending Bartica Secondary School.

In an invited comment to GINA, Williams said she is thankful to her parents and her teachers for their guidance in achieving her goals. She wants to pursue a nursing career.

The other students who graduated were, Nekesha Reddy with 411 marks, Alex Ramit, 334 marks Calvin James with 377 marks and Derwin Daniels with 399 marks.