It has become an annual tradition to profile the top scorer in the Primary School Examination (PSE), who earns the accolade by producing the highest overall score in the examination among four subjects, English, Math, Social Studies and Science set in two testing days a few weeks apart. This year that honor – and the accompanying Jane and Michael Nembhard Scholarship Award given every year to the top performer – goes to Siyun Ye, a mostly quiet and soft-spoken 14 year old attending Bernice Yorke Institute of Learning, from which she will graduate next week, and who plans to enroll in St. Catherine Academy later this year. For Siyun, the road to the top took a lot of practice.
As preparation for the business career she wants as a grown up, she told us, she helps out her parents at their shop every day. It is motivation like that, says her principal Sherry Ali, that the school seeks to instill in all its children from the very beginning so that they will not only be ready for the PSE, but also for life.
Sherry Ali – Principal:
Part of our motto is to nourish the love of learning by encouraging them and motivating them positively. One way we do that is from at lower levels, we try to set long term goals. At the beginning of the school year, we set long term goals and then we found ways that we can achieve that long term goals by accomplishing short term goals, which will eventually enable students to achieve what they can or what is necessary for them to accomplish and move on to their next level.
Siyun’s graduating class numbers just 10, all of whom excelled. Nationwide, however, a minority – 47% – of students taking the examination passed the minimum 60% grade for satisfactory work. The Ministry of Education will address the issue at a press conference on Thursday.