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, can be left out from the list of top secondary schools in the country.”This notion was emphasised by City Mayor Hamilton Green when he attended a gala reception at the National Cultural Centre last Saturday to mark the commencement of the 25th anniversary celebration by the school’s alumni.The Mayor’s comments were in direct opposition with remarks made by Minister of Education, Shaik Baksh, who recently implied that President’s College was not among the top secondary schools.In remarks to the gathering, the Mayor alluded to the fact that it was July 5 last, much to his dismay, that he discovered statements made by the Education Minister suggesting that President’s College (PC) was never among the top schools. Mayor Green in disgust sought to present facts which unveiled contrary findings.According to Green, the first batch of graduating students from PC was in 1990 as the school’s doors had only opened in 1985. In that year, he recounted, the college had indeed performed exceptionally.“PC did better than all of the secondary schools in this country…Out of the students they presented to the major examination they did better where there were eight subjects and students got eight out of eight.”He recalled that 12.7 percent of PC students secured passes in eight subject areas compared to 10.8% for Queen’s College,Cheap Jerseys For Sale
, 1.9 percent for Bishops’ High School and none for Saint Stanislaus College.The pass rate for those who secured passes in seven out of the eight subject areas was no less impacting and in fact amplified PC’s superiority, according to Green.“Those presented for PC that got passes in seven out of eight subject areas, including distinctions and credits, was an astounding 30.9 percent, QC got 18.5 percent,Cheap Jerseys Store
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, the Mayor lamented the fact that the Minister could have openly disclosed that “they (PC) was never in the top group of secondary schools. I make this example because it was so painful to me that there is a regime that seems to want to fool the people. One has to see a pattern that is evolving in this country…”The Mayor’s remarks on Saturday evening were made in the presence of no less than Prime Minister, Samuel Hinds, who was among the dignitaries at the reception.It is the belief of the Mayor that his remarks had angered the Prime Minister who opted to leave the event prematurely.“I am not too sure whether it was what I said or what the young people said, but for the first time in our history the Prime Minister walked out of the Cultural Centre in anger, in response to the truth…”While Minister Baksh in an invited comment to this newspaper had offered that PC never competed for places nationally,Authentic Jerseys China
, a senior education official indicated that President’s College was dropped three years ago.The Minister had revealed that the school is a “dorm college” referring to the fact that the school takes in hinterland scholarship students.However,NFL Jerseys China
, Chairman of the school board, David DeGroot, had informed thisnewspaper that President’s College has not been affected by low-performers who take up the residential places at the College.The cut-off point for hinterland scholarship students entering the school is 475 marks. Students competed for 565 marks at the recent National Grade Six Assessment. ??”We have no failures,” De Groot said of the hinterland scholarship students. He said an estimated 40 hinterland students are currently attending the school.A senior education official said grading of schools is purely based on performances over the past three years. The official indicated that President’s College and Annandale Secondary are listed as the top performing schools on the East Coast of Demerara and take top performers from the East Coast.Baksh said schools compete for the best students based on a cut-off point. For the top school, Queen’s College, the cut-off score is 531, Baksh had stated.President’s College was opened in 1985 as the first boarding school?in Guyana and the only secondary school to use a more comprehensive and selective application process.The school was founded by the late Executive President Forbes Burnham, who launched the project in 1983 but died before the school opened its doors.