“Lots of hard work”.
Those were the words issued by eleven-year-old Fadia Fakhre, the top student in this year’s Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) examination, the replacement for the Common Entrance Exams as she reacted to the news on Monday about her success.
She is a student of Westmorland Junior School, which secured the top three positions in the exams that seeks to give automatic entry for primary school students into the secondary school system.
Fadia who copped the top position with 498 points spoke to THE NEW TODAY on Tuesday in an exclusive interview attributed her success to hard work by the teachers and her parents and lots of past papers and papers that the teachers put together.
“Honestly, I was very, very excited”, she told the paper, adding that she was surprised with her accomplishment even though she knew she worked hard and expected good results.
Fadia is also known for her outstanding achievements in tennis as a national player.
Her goal is to become a heart surgeon and encouraged students preparing for the 2014 exams to “stay focused, study a lot, get as much information as you can and keep up the good work.”
The second position in the exams went to Zoei Alice Olivierre (492) points and closely on her heels, two points less was Enya Kay Noel (490 points).
All three 11-year old students will continue their education at Westmorland Secondary when the new school year begins in September.
First Choice Junior secured the fourth and fifth positions in the examinations through eleven year olds Thabo Antoine (488) and Ayana Taylor (486).
According to Zoei, she was also surprised with the results but was excited with her position as the second top student on the island.
“I was almost crying, I couldn’t believe it”, she remarked. She said that despite her parents knowing the results before her, they were also extremely excited.
Zoei believes that her hard work and putting in extra studies were responsible for her success in the exams.
Her goal is to become a musician, and already has a distinction in piano under her belt.
Third place finisher, Enya whose mother is Supervisor of Westmoreland, Dr. Jane Noel, was greeted with the news by her mother who fought hard to contain her excitement and joy.
She told The New Today, “I was really, really happy. I just wanted to scream for joy.”
She believes that her success was due to the assistance from her parents, teachers and the hard work that was put into studying.
Enya who wants to become a Veterinarian encouraged students to study hard but mix it with other activities so that they do not ever get bored.
Westmorland entered 18 students in the exam and received 100% pass with eight students placing in the top 50 on the island.
Principal of the School, Victor Ashby held a ceremony with the students on Tuesday morning in which he congratulated them on their achievements and highlighted their accomplishments in the various subject areas in which several of them achieved perfect scores in a number of areas.
First Choice Junior top students were also surprised and excited with their accomplishments.
Thabo Antoine will move onto Presentation Brothers’ College and Ayana Taylor will attend St. Joseph’s Convent, St George.
A total of 15 students from the school sat the exam with a 100% pass of which three secured positions within the top 50.
Beacon Junior, which has created history in the past, settled for the sixth position with Christian Chow Chung scoring 484 points. He will continue his education at Beacon Secondary School.
Ali G. Noel of St Andrew’s R.C. also placed sixth with 484 points and will attend Presentation Brothers College in the new school year.
The CPEA exams was opened to all students who were eleven (11) but not yet fourteen (14) years of age on September 1, 2013.
A total of 1699 students were assigned to secondary schools.
The ministry explained that the 41 students who were not given places in secondary schools will be retained at the Grade 6 level in the primary schools and “will experience special ‘Diagnosis and Intervention’, leading to an individualised plan being developed for each child”.
In 2012, 1,722 students sat the CPEA, and all were assigned to a secondary school.