CAPE Now Offered at West Demerara High School – Guyana Newsroom
Following the launch of CAPE in Region Two at Anna Regina High School last Friday, Region Three is now offering the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations to their students for the first time through West Demerara High School.
Eleven students from West Demerara School are currently enrolled in the CAPE program and two students plan to earn the coveted Associate’s degree which will earn them two years at select universities.
Calling West Demerara High School the best in the region, Education Minister Priya Manickchand highlighted the power of investment, citing the example of a Wakenaam Secondary student who graduated from the recent 11th grade certificate. Caribbean Secondary Examination (CBSC).
Addressing other projects planned in the region such as new secondary schools to complete the 14 in the region, dormitories at Leonora secondary to house 65 students, teaching quarters in Wakenaam and Leguan and kindergartens in communities like Perfect Harmony; the minister said education impacts generations and believes that bringing CAPE closer to home provides opportunities for more students, dismissing criticism that it is “spreading out”.
The importance of the CAPE offered in region three was underscored by the story of Odilie Munroe from Mabaruma, region one (Barima-Waini), who moved to live with her grandmother in region three to pursue her dreams. to become an environmental officer. She chose this area because she wants to solve the pollution problems in Guyana, especially in Mabaruma. Odilie explained how this new program impacted her.
“My mother is from region 1 and my grandmother took me to help me continue my studies and she lives here and I would not want to go to the CAPE in town because it is too far away and it would be difficult for me. me.
Another student, Tiann Connelly, who is working to become an obstetrician, said that even if she had planned to go to sixth grade in Georgetown, the challenges of the Demerara Harbor Bridge and the hassle of traveling, coupled with a new environment would have had an impact. on his studies. . So when she heard CAPE was coming to West Demerara High School, she “jumped at the chance”.
Teachers at West Demerara School expressed their pleasure in being CAPE’s pioneers in the region. They welcomed the opportunity not only for their student’s growth, but also for theirs.
While stating that CAPE is a personal choice, Renalda Johnson – a teacher – said that after CSEC, the more in-depth exam serves as a buffer and a transition to university studies. It is not only in the level of work, but also in preparing students to work more independently.
West Demerara High School Principal Mr Harrinarine said West Demerara, thanks to his consistent results at the CBSC, has risen through the ranks to now offer CAPE, an honor he does not take lightly. Mr Harrinarine said he expects more from his teachers and students and hopes more students in the area will benefit from the program.