Belize performed well on this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificates (CSEC). As we previously reported, two students from Edward P Yorke won the titles of Most Outstanding Candidate and Outstanding Candidate in Belize. A third student from that same high school also won the regional subject group award in technical/vocational. Today the Minister of Education stated it was no surprise that students in the country have been performing well.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth & Sports: It is a success story every year that we are able to see so many more students take the CSEC examinations. Of course this is in no small part because of the government’s intervention and the government’s paying for up to six CSEC exams for these students. We are very proud of that and we are very proud that more and more students are taking these exams and putting Belize on the map. In the initial days of us paying for these exams we saw instances where students would sign up for the exams and not turn up and I want to say how pleased we are that that is dwindling, that people who now have the government make this kind of investment are indeed taking that investment seriously. Many more students are sitting the exams as I’ve said and we’re doing much better in terms of the passes and we’re pleased that we’re going in this direction. Of course there is always room for improvement and we are particularly pleased this year of our top performers I think they’ve done well. The government gets an additional feather in it’s cap because the two top performers are from government schools once again, one of the better schools in our country. I’m pleased to say that I’m not only the Minister of Education that can boast proprietorship but I’m also a parent of an E.P Yorke student now so I’m very pleased that they continue to do well but all those students who managed to do well I congratulate them and especially our student who will be participating in the regional award ceremonies because this really again puts Belize on the map.”
Angie Matute, the student who won the regional award will be invited to a ceremony in Grenada.