Eleven grade ones for scholar

Olivia Valentine

KINGSTON — Despite the revelation by Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites that there has been a decrease in the percentage of pupils who passed the exams in the recent sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, 16-year-old Olivia Valentine from Victor Dixon High School in Mandeville, Manchester, has much to smile about.

Valentine is still recovering from a state of shock after being informed by her principal on Saturday night that she had aced all 11 CSEC subjects she sat. Olivia made a clean sweep of the sciences — physics, general biology,

human and social biology and chemistry, along with mathematics, English language, English literature, information technology, food and nutrition, social studies, and Spanish.

“I am still in a state of disbelief!” said an excited Olivia. “When my principal told me, I could not believe it! I needed to see it for myself, but since I have proven it, I know it’s the work of God.

“I want to praise the teachers at Victor Dixon High School who have been a tower of strength. They really pushed us hard, and we were complaining, but now we are grateful for it and realise that the methods they used were important as it got me and other successful students where we are now.”

She added: “The teachers and students worked very close together and they came down to our level to ensure we did what we had to do.” (Gleaner)

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