Naparima, Lakshmi Girls' win 2020 President Medals

Monday, November 18, 2019 - 17:30

President's Medal winners Celine Roodal and her father Kenneth Roodal (left) and Shar­vaani Ram­per­sad-Ma­haraj (right).

For the fifth con­sec­u­tive year, a stu­dent from Lak­sh­mi Girls Hin­du Col­lege has won one of the Pres­i­dent's Medals for per­for­mance in the Caribbean Ad­vanced Pro­fi­cien­cy Ex­am (CAPE).

The school it­self copped the largest num­ber of schol­ar­ships - 40 in all.

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An­oth­er stu­dent from Na­pari­ma Girls High School has won the oth­er medal for 2019. The San Fer­nan­do school has been award­ed 38 CAPE schol­ar­ships, the third-high­est num­ber of schol­ar­ships for 2019.

Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion, An­tho­ny Gar­cia, made the an­nounce­ment dur­ing a press con­fer­ence this af­ter­noon af­ter Cab­i­net met to ap­prove the award of 400 schol­ar­ships for the coun­try's top CAPE per­form­ers.

Ce­line Roodal from Lak­sh­mi Girls' Hin­du Col­lege won the Pres­i­dent's Medal for en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies, math­e­mat­ics, in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­o­gy and nat­ur­al sci­ences.

Shar­vaani Ram­per­sad-Ma­haraj won the Pres­i­dent's Medal for busi­ness, cre­ative arts, lan­guages and hu­man­i­ties.

Lak­sh­mi Girls' Hin­du Col­lege is one of the schools un­der the Sanatan Dhar­ma Ma­ha Sa­ba, of which Sat­narayan Ma­haraj was gen­er­al sec­re­tary.


Ma­haraj, who had a life­long com­mit­ment to es­tab­lish­ing and nur­tur­ing Hin­du schools, died on Sat­ur­day af­ter hav­ing a stroke. He was 88. His fu­ner­al is set to be held to­mor­row, and all SDMS schools have re­ceived ap­proval from the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion to close for the day to al­low stu­dents to at­tend.

Gar­cia said a stu­dent's grades and grade pro­files are typ­i­cal­ly used to de­ter­mine the al­lo­ca­tion of schol­ar­ships, which the gov­ern­ment has capped at a max­i­mum of 400.

He said ex­cel­lent per­for­mance at the CAPE ex­ams prompt­ed the min­istry to drill down and ex­am­ine the stu­dents 'T' or stan­dard scores as a ba­sis for de­cid­ing the al­lo­ca­tion since there were more than 400 stu­dents whose grades and grade pro­files met the cri­te­ria for the award of schol­ar­ships. He could not con­firm how many stu­dents whose grades and grade pro­files met the re­quire­ment did not re­ceive schol­ar­ships be­cause of their 'T' scores.

- by Faine Richards