Education Minister Anthony Garcia says there is nothing sinister regarding the as yet-unannounced 2019 CAPE Scholarship results.
Seeking to reassure students and their parents, Garcia said, “We have to make sure we are very careful in deciding.”
“The performance of our students has been very good, excellent in fact. And therefore we have to make sure that in making these decisions we give everybody an equal chance.”
Fears have been expressed that Government may be attempting to manipulate the national scholarship results, and may even wait until just before the local government elections to release them.
The alarm has been raised by the Spiritual Leader of the Satya Anand Ashram of Bliss and Truth, Pundit Satyanand Maharaj.
In a statement issued today, Pundit Maharaj says parents have been coming to him, sharing concerns that the Government “is ‘doctoring’ the scholarships to reflect not merit but ethnic and political qualifications”.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia says 61 per cent of the students who wrote this year's CAPE examinations have received five or more passes.
CAPE results were released online on Wednesday and earlier today.
The Ministry of Education says it will not allow pranksters to disrupt the administration of the CSEC and CAPE examinations.
This, even as they introduced stricter security measures following widespread calls today that a number of bombs had been planted at several secondary schools across the country.
Speaking from his office at the Education Tower, Port-of-Spain earlier - Garcia assured students and parents that there was nothing to panic about.
Raquel Le Blanc of St Joseph Convent, Port-of-Spain and Priya Maharaj of Lakshmi Girls' Hindu College have won the President's Medal this year.
The announcement was made this afternoon at the Ministry of Education.
In making the announcement, Education Minister Anthony Garcia expressed his concern that girls outperformed boys in CAPE and that the scholarships were mostly won by science students.
A total of 389 scholarships have been awarded to CAPE students.