Students Honoured for Achievements in BJC and BGCSE Subjects

The academic output of Government schools, which represent 75 percent of the student body, must increase if The Bahamas is going to see a marked improvement in its gross domestic product or development enhancement said Education, Science and Technology Minister the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald.

Minister Fitzgerald said the level of improvement has already begun to increase and children are now “not falling through the cracks.”

“We have to continue to encourage that and we have to begin to celebrate it. It’s not going to happen overnight,” he said. “There is no educational system anywhere in the world that has transitioned from where it is to being a top class educational system in less than 20 years. It is small incremental improvements that we need to see year after year. Despite what you’re hearing, this morning and what you’re seeing in the booklet represent the good that is happening in all of the schools throughout the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.”

He addressed the 24th Annual National Awards Presentation, Monday, February 13, 2017 at William Johnson Auditorium, Church of God Convention Centre, Joe Farrington Road. The theme for the event was  Rewarding Excellence in National Examinations.

He acknowledged parents and teachers and encouraged students to keep focused to ensure that at the end of the day they give themselves the best opportunity to succeed.

He highlighted the following schools for high Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC) and Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) examination results: St. Augustine’s College, Queen’s College, H.O. Nash, Forest Heights Academy, C.H. Reeves and D.W. Davis.

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MOEST) along with other stakeholders recognized private, government and independent school students for outstanding accomplishments at the ceremony. In attendance was Donella Bodie, Permanent Secretary in the MOEST; senior government administrators, school administrators, parents and teachers. Music was provided by Devin Mckenzie and Friends, H. O. Nash Junior High School Choir, and the Government High School Band.

Lakia Rolle, a student of Queen’s College earned 11As and 1C and received the Paul L. Adderley award for the Best BGCSE Overall Performance in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. Ms. Rolle also received the Carol Hanna Award for the Best Overall Performance in the 2016 BGCSE examinations for Independent schools. She was given a cheque, laptop and a plaque.

Candis Petty, a student of C. R. Walker Senior High School, was the recipient of the Majorie Davis Award for Best Overall Performance in the 2016 BGCSE Examinations for Government schools. She earned 8As, 2Bs and 2Cs.

Carmetta Barry, a student of H. O. Nash Junior High School, has been named the Candidate with the Overall Best BJC results for Government Schools, and also the Best BJC results in The Bahamas for 2016.  She received 8As and 2Bs.

Jodi Garcia was named the 2016 Independent School Candidate with the Best BJC Overall Results. She earned 8As, and is a student of Bahamas Academy of Seventh Day Adventists.

Luke Knowles of N.G.M. Major High School in Long Island was the Government School Male Candidate With Overall Best BJC Results for 2016. He earned 7As and 2Bs.

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