Grenada students have topped the results in the 2015 Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) by taking the top three positions in the entire region.
The results released Monday by the CXC declared the top three performers as 11-year- olds Daryl Streete of Beacon Junior School and Leoneal Rennie from St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic School who tied for the 1st position regionally with scores of 490 points.
Kayla Jordon of Westmorland Junior School came in third regionally with 484 points out of a maximum possible score of 500 points.
THE NEW TODAY newspaper understands that this was not the first time a Grenadian student emerged as the top student in the Caribbean but this is the first time that CXC has officially made the information public.
Speaking with THE NEW TODAY on Monday, the proud mother of Beacon Junior’s 11 year-old Daryl Streete said that when she received the news she was really excited because she expected her son to do well.
According to the proud mother, Abiola Streete, the fact that he came out on top was like icing on the cake for her.
“I was really excited but I didn’t anticipate so much,” she said, and quickly added that there isn’t a word to describe how she felt when she got the news.
“I am ecstatic…the test was very easy. I just had to think and figure out the answers”…, an elated Daryl Streete told THE NEW TODAY.
The successful student who is aspiring to become a lawyer will be attending Presentation Brother’s College (PBC) for the 2015/2016 school year in September – alongside Leoneal Rennie who tied with him for the top spot.
This newspaper also spoke with Rennie’s father who is a teacher at the St Andrew’s Roman Catholic School.
The father expressed joy and happiness with his son’s performance, saying that he “has made family, teachers, the entire nation and by extension the entire region proud.”
The son later told reporters who visited the school compound on Tuesday that he couldn’t believe the news at first that he finished on top.
“I felt very happy, excited and proud to know that all my hard work has paid off,” said Leoneal.
The aspiring scientist said he is looking forward to attending his new school “mostly because of the debates, science classes and labs and the study of Chemistry.”
“I really want to do Chemistry,” Rennie explained while thanking his school principal, teachers, family members and friends who contributed to his success.
He also had some words of advice for his peers who would be sitting CPEA in 2016.
“Study hard,” Rennie said, adding that “when night comes you have to sleep early so that you can relax and don’t be afraid when you have to do your test”
“You have to be relaxed and focus because if you go there flustered you might just forget everything,” he remarked.
Acting Principal of the St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic School, Barbara Simmons and Rennie’s Grade six teacher, Hylda Lyons pointed out that Rennie’s success in the exam came as no surprise to them.
In an interview with reporters, Simmons recalled the special feeling within the school Monday after information reached that one of the students had topped the CPEA lists not just nationally but also regionally.
“Yesterday (Monday) was perhaps one of the most exciting days for us since the beginning of the CPEA. It was a day of really great excitement and a feeling of overwhelming joy for this wonderful achievement, she said.
The school principal recalled that Leoneal was always “very inquisitive…from the time he (Leoneal) came into Kindergarten he was an exceptional child…you would expect Kindergarteners to be talking abou A.B.C’s and so but not Leoneal, (he) was talking about positive and negative numbers and integers…so from then we knew that he had surpassed all the Kindergarten stuff.”
Lyons described him as “a self motivated, hard-working, committed student,” who seeks his own interest in educating himself.
“I must say that most of the kids that came to me this year were quite self-motivated,” she said, and referred to Leoneal as “one of the students that would go beyond the call. You would give him a task to do and he will do even more work just in case…”.
A total of 1835 students wrote the Assessment – 941 were males, while 894 were females.
Of this amount, 1,563 students were assigned to secondary schools throughout Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique – 736 males and 827 females, leaving 272 students behind at the primary school to repeat CPEA again next year.