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.
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