The top ten Tobago Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) students, their parents, teachers and principals were treated to breakfast and awards by Chief Secretary and Secretary of Education, Innovation and Energy, Kelvin Charles on Tuesday at the Magdalena Grand Beach and Golf Resort.
Charles applauded the teachers and principals and said he hoped the results will motivate them to maintain the performance and gain no fewer than three students in the top 200 in 2020.
He also highlighted to the teachers and principals that the school development plans must be the basis for their programmes and the evaluation of their schools’ performance.
In addition to encouraging the students to choose their friends carefully and wisely as they embark on a new journey, Charles urged them to pursue whatever career path they choose, even if it is non-academic.
“As we seek to develop Tobago, we need all kinds of skillsets not just the academic professions. There is value in whatever work or career path you choose. Do it to the best of your ability and do it with distinction. Go wherever your desires lead you but do good and do well.” He further cautioned the students not to be afraid of failure, stating, “Failure is an opportunity to begin again and begin more intelligently,” he said.
The principals of the top ten students were presented with plaques of achievement, while all ten students received cheques totaling $7,300.
All tokens were provided by the Division of Education, Innovation and Energy.