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Queens College student tops CSEC, St Rose’s High pupil tops CAPE

Michael Gopaul

The Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry revealed the Caribbean Secondary Education Council (CSEC) Examination and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) results today.

Michael Bhopaul, 16, of the Queens College Secondary School was the top CSEC performer with 25 subjects. The young lad recorded 24 grade ones and one grade 2.

Michael secured grade one passes in Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, English A, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Human and Social Biology, Integrated Science, Principles of Accounts, Principles of Business, Office Administration, Economics, Electronic Document Preparation and Management, Information Technology, Social Studies, Caribbean History, Geography, Technical Drawing, Industrial Technology, Spanish, French, Food and Nutrition, Home Economic Management and Agricultural Science Double Award which counts as two subjects.

Shawn Shewram.

Department of Public Information asked young Bhopaul who is an aspiring Professor of Quantum Physics how it feels to be the top student of Guyana.  “It feels really good; I feel ecstatic because I worked hard and I got what I aimed for and I am satisfied.” He enthused.

Bhopaul revealed the journey leading up to CSEC was not a rigorous one, “when it came to exams it wasn’t really rigorous in any way”, since he was consistent in his studies.

The top ten CSEC students hail from Queen’s College, Anna Regina Secondary, Tagore High, Saraswati Vidya Nakitan, ISA Islamic and Marian Academy.

Meanwhile, Top CAPE performer, Shawn Shewram who attained eight grade ones said despite the differing views on the number of subjects that should be written, he was forced to beat the odds.

“I think gaining certain opportunities in Guyana is difficult in terms of scholarships and sponsorships, so in order to put myself out there I had to write more subjects than the average student,” Shewram said.  He plans to pursue further studies in the field of Law.

Other top CAPE performers came from St. Rose’s High, Queen’s College and Saraswati Vidya Nakitan Secondary Schools.

  • rudeo

    I have a serious problem with the reporting on CAPE results….have the principals of QC and BHS been contacted for their analyses? Do these reporters know the exam structure vis a vis year one and year two before rusing to print?

  • Lancelot Brassington

    Do these guys have even a passing familiarity with at least one of the following: football, cricket, athletics, rugby, volleyball, films, partying, horsing around, hanging out, interfering with peoples’ girl children, debating, being a smart aleck or general nuisance, using the occasional expletive, music, having the occasional beer on the sly, etc. I hope so, because you could be academically brilliant but ineffective in the workplace because of being socially handicapped. Rupert Roopnarine (brilliant scholar, good cricketer, thorn in Burnham’s side) was right to seek to limit the amount of subjects student’s were to be allowed to take. I am at a loss to know how these guys’ parents or close relatives could allow them to write so many subjects. We should seek to raise rounded children not trophy children for showing off.

    • Col123

      LB…you have a point… maybe…I recall though that some of us would sleep through those classes and end with A…. and still had enough time to steal mangoes from neighbors.
      I know some folks who would have a full 18 credits semester and hold a full time job at night..and still make an A…One kid stated that he took that many subjects for fun… some may have flunked basic subjects..it’s where their interest lies…
      Why some excel at sports can be examined in like manner as to what academic achievements they have earned…and life goes on. I disagree with restricting anyone from pursuing whatever is positive in their personal interest…