Public primary schools take top spots in this year’s Common Entrance

The results are in!
Tishani Jordan of Christ Church Girl’s is the top girl in this year’s Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination.
She scored 100 in English and 99 in Mathematics for a total of 243.70 A and will be heading to Queen’s College.
Jovan Linton of Blackman and Gollop, an early sitter, is the top boy in this year’s examination.
He scored 99 in both English and Mathematics with a total score of 243.18 A, and will be headed to Queen’s College. 

91 Responses to Public primary schools take top spots in this year’s Common Entrance

  1. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett June 7, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Wow early result

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  2. McCollin Rosemary
    McCollin Rosemary June 7, 2017 at 11:11 am

    Congrats

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  3. Shirley Drakes
    Shirley Drakes June 7, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Congrats to all

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  4. Osinachi Nkemdilimu
    Osinachi Nkemdilimu June 7, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Congestions to all the students that pass their exams

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  5. Paul Gill
    Paul Gill June 7, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Congrats to all the children.

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  6. Jacqueline Maynard
    Jacqueline Maynard June 7, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Congratulations to all

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  7. Desmond Edwards
    Desmond Edwards June 7, 2017 at 11:14 am

    That’s not early. ..regular timing….but 100 +99 and 99 +99…..wow

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  8. Althea Ellis
    Althea Ellis June 7, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Congrats to all. It does not matter where u go to school. This is only the beginning.

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    • Caroline Boxill
      Caroline Boxill June 7, 2017 at 11:32 am

      Ah want ya say that again . I like um both thumbs up

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    • Phoenix Sevyn
      Phoenix Sevyn June 7, 2017 at 11:37 am

      It matters! La Reine Kalonji it START!

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    • Sherlene Headley
      Sherlene Headley June 7, 2017 at 11:40 am

      I used to think it mattered too but it really doesn’t. What matters is how the child applies itself once it gets to the school. Some child just develop and flourish at a later age and that can happen at any school

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    • Phoenix Sevyn
      Phoenix Sevyn June 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      A school is not a school. Sigh. No one who went to certain schools think that. Kaisha Taylor I tell you it start, you just have to find the right thread

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    • Kaisha Taylor
      Kaisha Taylor June 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      All who pass to Queens should ask for a transfer to Parkinson then

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    • Biscuits June 9, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      So true…just read an article about two young ladies whom attended Alleyne and Ellerslie. Both are now thriving as lawyers and there are many others like them whom have thrived because they did not allow the 11plus and the perception of some traditionalists, to determine their future!

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  9. Marva Knight-Miller
    Marva Knight-Miller June 7, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Congrats to those and all the rest.

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  10. Icenie Joseph
    Icenie Joseph June 7, 2017 at 11:22 am

    congrats to all the children

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  11. Zen Ramsay
    Zen Ramsay June 7, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Congrats .

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  12. Trudi Harris
    Trudi Harris June 7, 2017 at 11:24 am

    Kevin St. Hill

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  13. Valerina Joseph
    Valerina Joseph June 7, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Congrats to all, go Christ Church girls school

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  14. Alejuandro Tezu
    Alejuandro Tezu June 7, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Barbados Today It’s Jovan Linton not Alex Linton

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  15. Sherlene Headley
    Sherlene Headley June 7, 2017 at 11:32 am

    I wonder why we have to focus on whether it’s public or private at all…

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    • Ingrid Drakes
      Ingrid Drakes June 7, 2017 at 11:35 am

      I don’t know why all the focus is on the school whether it’s private or public..they need to stop stereotyping the schools

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    • Sherlene Headley
      Sherlene Headley June 7, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Yup. I’m sure a lot of parents who choose private schools don’t do it thinking about the exam. There are other legitimate reasons.

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    • Ingrid Drakes
      Ingrid Drakes June 7, 2017 at 11:37 am

      Correct

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    • Geneva Weatherhead
      Geneva Weatherhead June 7, 2017 at 11:54 am

      Sherlene Headley yup I guarantee there’s other reasons… ure right

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    • Alana Davis
      Alana Davis June 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Yes it matters! For years private schooling was thought to be acquired by the elite, therefore granting access to more materials and opportunities. Then to add to that notion, eleven-plus results showed that private schools grabbed the top spots. With this in mind, think about the pressure of such knowledge placed upon teachers of public schools who work extra hard with their students and then think about the students of these public schools. Put all of that together with the results mentioned in this article and tell me if it matters. Now, with such results, it says to us that where you go to school does not matter. The household you come from does not matter. It says that we are on level ground. You can deny it all you want but this is the dog gone truth.

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    • Sherlene Headley
      Sherlene Headley June 7, 2017 at 12:49 pm

      Everyone is entitled to his opinion but a child will perform once a) he/she has that gift and b) have teachers AND parents that put the effort in with them. I maintain that whether the school is public or private does not matter. Too many other factors are involved. If type of school mattered so much, every student at that school would excel.

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    • Celia Lovell
      Celia Lovell June 7, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you Sherlene Headley..it is refreshing to read your posts. As a parent whose children go to private school..this private vs public is typically only an issue for those whose kids are at public school. They scoff their noses at people who choose to put their kids in private school asthough we paying with their money and they have no clue why people choose private schools…people choose private for so many varying reasons….it is for this reason that they feel like they “have one on us” when the public schools are in the top ten but really the private schools arent interested…we arent in competition with public schools…once our kids do their best..we are happy! I just wish people would just get over it and move on!

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    • Kim Toney
      Kim Toney June 7, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      i agree i hate to hear private or public

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    • Sherlene Headley
      Sherlene Headley June 7, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Yes, Celia Lovell. My son is also in private school and when I made that choice, his personal development was my main concern.

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    • Alana Davis
      Alana Davis June 7, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      You are all missing the point, but like you said- we’re all entitled to our opinions.

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    • Celia Lovell
      Celia Lovell June 7, 2017 at 1:41 pm

      I fully understand your point Alana Davis but the fact is that public schools have by far better resources that private and the staff are paid better…the issue is the home and the environment of the child… NOT the school!

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    • Phoenix Sevyn
      Phoenix Sevyn June 7, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      Celia Lovell if they have better resources why do yall choose private?

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    • Celia Lovell
      Celia Lovell June 7, 2017 at 1:50 pm

      Phoenix Sevyn…as I said earlier people choose private schools for various reasons…I can only speak for myself…I chose a private Christian school because I wanted Christian instruction for my kids and I was concerned about the social interactions and what they would be exposed to in the public system. I also prefer smaller class sizes. Furthermore the government needs private schools as they cant cater for all the children in this country.

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    • Phoenix Sevyn
      Phoenix Sevyn June 7, 2017 at 1:53 pm

      In my humble opinion private school is a waste of time and it disadvantages the child as secondary school is then a real culture shock…….the resources are better at public but yet you choose to pay for your child to have limited resources

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    • Arlene LookingGlass
      Arlene LookingGlass June 7, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Because it needs to be said for ppl to understand the importance of the country

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    • Celia Lovell
      Celia Lovell June 7, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      That is entirely your prerogative Phoenix…if you think it is a waste that is a matter for you but what I choose to do with my money is my concern not anyone else’s…

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    • Frank Fowler
      Frank Fowler June 7, 2017 at 3:22 pm

      You guys really arguing about public or private schools? How about congratulations to the students from all the schools.

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    • Alana Davis
      Alana Davis June 7, 2017 at 3:26 pm

      Celia Lovell I really mean no disrespect here and I’ll say this and finish with the matter. The issue is not whether one is better than the other or why anyone chooses one over the other but rather the opening of a door that makes one who thought the door was closed, feel triumphant. Meaning if John realized that no one in his family ever went to college, there is a high possibility that he may not go and his younger brother feels the same, but then John graduates and is accepted into college. What happens next is a ripple- his younger brother believes that he can and generations to come in John’s household and extended family will push harder through because all barriers they thought existed were broken down when John went to college. Sorry for the long post but I just felt I needed to explain.

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    • Sherlene Headley
      Sherlene Headley June 7, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Frank Fowler. Nothing wrong with healthy respectful discussion

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    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross June 7, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      Alana Davis If you have about 500 children from private taking exams and 11 are mentioned in the top places in English and Mathematics and you have 3000 from public schools and 12 are mentioned what does that tell you?

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    • Monique Antoinette
      Monique Antoinette June 7, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      It shows that money and intelligence are not necessarily correlated. It’s good teaching and diligent learning disciplines.

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    • Celia Lovell
      Celia Lovell June 7, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      Frank Fowler Alana and I are having a discussion…thank you Sherlene Headley…

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    • Celia Lovell
      Celia Lovell June 7, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      The thing is a bright child or one who is interested in learning will do well at any school…private or public ..all I am saying is that public and private schools are not in competition… Parents send their children where they are more comfortable…as a parent that is their prerogative…and with respect to Alana Davis’s comment…children from public schools have always done well…just because children from private schools are always included in the top does not negate those who do well from public schools…I am not sure why that would give persons the impression that you can only succeed if you go to a private school. There is so much more that goes into a child’s success than the school…like how many parents check their kids books to see what they are doing at school and ensure homework is done and help them with their weak areas and speak to their teachers etc etc. That is far more important than what school the child attends..

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    • Kmg Dwayne
      Kmg Dwayne June 7, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      Hey folks my guess is that someone is surprised due to the nonsense that our teachers do,but I must say that we parents shell out so much money in addition lessons so that our kids can really get to they desired schools of choice.
      What the hell is really going on between 9 & 3 ?

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  16. Kamila Burrowes
    Kamila Burrowes June 7, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Finally that is great news

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  17. Michelle Smith-Mayers
    Michelle Smith-Mayers June 7, 2017 at 11:46 am

    Why does it have to be public versus private school. Horrible headline. Congrats to all kids from all schools.

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  18. Wendy Sthill
    Wendy Sthill June 7, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Congrats to all the children on their achievements and its just the beginning

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  19. Diana Branch
    Diana Branch June 7, 2017 at 11:51 am

    Aren’t those scores for Harrison’s??

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    • Dessa Kelly
      Dessa Kelly June 7, 2017 at 11:52 am

      Those scores are for the child’s preference of schools…wherever he/she wants to go…

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    • Andrea Atkins
      Andrea Atkins June 7, 2017 at 11:55 am

      It seems that there is a preference for Queen’s College over Harrison College.

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    • Diana Branch
      Diana Branch June 7, 2017 at 11:56 am

      Oh I see

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    • Dessa Kelly
      Dessa Kelly June 7, 2017 at 12:40 pm

      Andrea Atkins, where the child lives could also play a role in this…parents are thinking more of convenience these days…traffic etc..

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  20. Pat Codrington
    Pat Codrington June 7, 2017 at 11:52 am

    I am so proud of all the kids,well done

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  21. Divina Mitchell
    Divina Mitchell June 7, 2017 at 11:59 am

    Very great. Special thanks to God their parents teacher’s etc . congrats to wanna.and all those who did the 11 plus.good performance, results and not so good one’s.

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  22. Sandra Mayers
    Sandra Mayers June 7, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    congrats to all the children …well done

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  23. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce June 7, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Teachers done a good job. Well done to ALL the students. Hope the students maintain their standards and gain good CXCs grades in the future.

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  24. Nannette Moe
    Nannette Moe June 7, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Big up the pride of Water street!

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  25. Venus De Freitas
    Venus De Freitas June 7, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    Congratulations to all of the pupils who wrote Common Entrance u av make ur parents proud ur journey has now begin stay focus n u can b what u want to b

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  26. Diana Cave
    Diana Cave June 7, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Congrats to all students who took the Common Entrance exams . A bigger congrats to those who made it to the top . U you have worked very hard to achieved this position . The others as well , but each child have a brain of their own so therefore everyone can’t reached that mark , so I give my blessings on all of you No need to compare the Private Schools with the Public Schools , it’s just children who goes to private schools parents etc have the money to send them there . It’s a matter of choice .. so it doesn’t make a difference . I wish all of them a peace of mind and happiness on this accasion . May God bless you all.

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  27. Pat BB
    Pat BB June 7, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Good, that is how it should b all the time.

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  28. Tony Waterman June 7, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    @Ingrid Drakes, Sherlene Headley!!! This is the Second Straight Year since i started tracking results by School TYPE, and it is also the Second Year that the PRIVATE Schools came out on TOP, instead of asking “Why the focus on whether Public or Private” you should PROBABLY be asking why the DISPARITY in Results, RE:Private over Public. we were one touted to have the Best Public School system around, so why cant they now come out on top, that should be the focus of those who fund the Public System, AKA TAXPAYERS of Barbados.

    Last year the Minister was so embarassed over the Results, that he did NOT Publish the TOP 10.

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  29. Jerry Hall June 7, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Congratulations to the up and coming future leaders and economic movers among our young people as they prepare to enter Secondary Schools across Barbados!

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  30. Sandra basc June 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Congrats to all the children and where ever you go make yourself and school proud .

    A special well done to CH CH Girls’ . you are not on the top of mind when it comes to selecting schools for children but it is a wonderful school. 40 years later I am still very proud to have received my primary education there. I will fly that flag any where. I went to an older secondary school and that cannot compare to pride and love i feel for CH CH Girls’

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  31. Andre Cobham
    Andre Cobham June 7, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    Glad to see the public schools still proving their worth. Dedicated public school teachers with interested parents equals success

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  32. Shelly Ross
    Shelly Ross June 7, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    When I glanced at the results, I saw that of the 13 students who scored 100% in mathematics….6 were from private schools and of the top ten in English five were from private schools.

    GIven the fact that approximately 3000 students wrote the exams from public schools, you have 12 names mentioned while 11 names from private schools whose numbers were some where around 500.

    My limited knowledge in maths tells me that this means that again the private schools have out performed the public schools….by far.

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    • E Jerome Davis
      E Jerome Davis June 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Who cares?

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    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross June 7, 2017 at 4:04 pm

      E Jerome Davis It seems that you did as you took time to comment.

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    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross June 7, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      And for those who think that this does not matter, it does when you think that public schools continue to under perform and this means that our children are being robbed of a quality education.

      Compare the fact that last year’s Maths paper was very challenging and this year’s paper was not as challenging and you hear about an improvement. Really! what is being compared?

      Better should be demanded.

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    • Lora-Ann C. Franklin
      Lora-Ann C. Franklin June 7, 2017 at 7:36 pm

      Here she goes again bashing the public schools!! Instead of continuing to be misinformed and misguided, why don’t you Shelly Ross spend a week in the public system and see what really goes on. Take a look at teachers who go the extra mile daily for their students without so much as a thank you. After you have done all of that, then you can be qualified to speak about public schools.

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    • Celia Lovell
      Celia Lovell June 7, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      Lora-Ann C. Franklin I dont see how Shelly Ross is bashing public schools by noting facts but anyway..to be fair Shelly Ross what you are negating is that within the public schools there is much more to consider….Teachers have to deal with children coming from all walks of life..some from abusive homes, violent homes, parents who dont pay any attention to them etc etc. In dealing with all this it is hard for children to focus on school work. Let’s be real…children in private schools will for the most part ( not all the time) come from homes where they are supported, encouraged, where parents take an interest in what is happening with them at school etc… so you cant blame the teachers in the public school system or the system entirely…they have to deal with other factors that may exist to a much smaller degree in the private schools.

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    • Shelly Ross
      Shelly Ross June 7, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Celia Lovell Franklin needs to show that I am wrong and she cannot, so the thing is to accuse me of not knowing this or that and of bashing.
      It is a huge mistake that people make when they refer to private school children as having fewer problems than those in public schools.
      Issues such as domestic violence and child abuse have no respect for class, socio-economic standing, colour or home address and I say that with knowledge.
      The big difference might be that the private schools are more focused on the student’s individual performance and they do more to help every child.
      That is lacking in our public school system where children are lumped together in reception and ‘mindfully’ separated with the focus on those that appear to be able to do a better job in the CEE.
      One of the younger members of my family did her CEE last year and from reception, her teachers were sending home letters about lessons to give her the ‘extra edge’. At the end of her class three year, it was realised that her class was way behind and did not complete the syllabus. That BTW, was a result of issues between the principal and the teachers – the children were affected….the adults got their monthly pay cheques.
      At the beginning of class four, we got some help for her to make sure that she completed the syllabus. My concern at that time was for the children whose parents were not aware of what was happening and for those that could not afford the extra lessons.
      Every year there is a focus on trying to make it appear that the primary schools are performing well. They are not and it is time that we face it and try to correct the ills in the system and save the children. Trying to get a few children in the top ten and forgetting about the majority is not an indication that the performance is up.
      Accusing me of bashing when I only put out facts, is not going to help any of the many children who could not even score 50% in the CEE.

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  33. gsmiley June 7, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    Keisha Taylor. Love it

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  34. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman June 7, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Congrats to all our little scholars your life journey is now beginning.

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  35. Cassie Lovell
    Cassie Lovell June 7, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    Of course it matters what school you attend. Take a look at the scholarship and exhibition winners and tell me it does not matter. Compare the ratio of passes and fails at CXC among all the schools and tell me it does not matter.

    Children are expected to sit the same CXC exams after five years. Logic will dictate that the person who scored more in the common entrance and passed to a “higher” secondary school will more likely do better than the person attending the “lower” school.

    There are passes at all secondary schools but if a quantitative analysis ia done, I can guarantee where the higher CXC grades will be.

    We continue to bury our heads in the sand with this school doesn’t matter foolishness. A lower secondary school may publish that they had 100 passes but when tou analyze those passes the majority are at Grade 2s and 3s where the higher secondary schools have more Grade 1s and 2s.

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  36. Shakira Miller
    Shakira Miller June 7, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    To all kids who did 11 plus exman

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  37. smiley June 7, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    I AM PROUD OF. THE CHILDREN WHO HAVE DONE WELL AND I WISH ALL OF YOU CONTINUED SUCCESS IN YOUR NEW SCHOOLS.GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.THOSE WHO ARE NOT HIGH FLYERS DON’T GIVE UP YOU WILL REACH YOUR PEAK IN GOOD TIME.CONGRATULATIONS !!

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  38. Teresa Payne
    Teresa Payne June 7, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Tell me r they goin to see different cxc papers at d end of the day

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  39. Teresa Payne
    Teresa Payne June 7, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    If private is so good they shud send them to a private secondary school as well enough said

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  40. Teresa Payne
    Teresa Payne June 7, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    And to end it off most big school that u all like bring out d most crime lords

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  41. Kmg Dwayne
    Kmg Dwayne June 7, 2017 at 8:40 pm

    Some here bashing private schools as doe once u go to a private school ur suppose to b a scholar, please don’t hate it was the parent/parents /gardian choice for various reasons.

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  42. Samud Ali
    Samud Ali June 7, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    In one breath we calling for an end to 11 plus and in another singing praises for the results as we continue to allow division between schools and class and this and that.

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  43. Black father wid sense June 7, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    My daughter is 170% safer at the private school she is at name a private school that had media outbreaks for children fighting my daughter is my responsibility and I chose private she does not have to watch a teacher car get pounded on until she is at age to know what’s going on her mind is at ease to be a student right now in a safe environment I see her fit in . 3yr kids taking school knifes and guns and then they have the one of parents that come and say he shudda use De knife or gun on the teacher or student ,i choose and pay for her to have till 11 urs old in sound mind npt looking backward in class if she pass for bursery she is my child i am happy with her performance but if I can raise the money to codrington she goes

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  44. Darksugar June 8, 2017 at 2:35 am

    Sherlene headley and Celia Lovell in my opinion you are both correct in your point. But what stands out is what Celia said in her comment about how many parent take part in the checking of homework and such. That plays a vital role in making sure the children stay on top of their work and it does so much for the kids mentally knowing that they parents got they backs, and some of the parents that sends they kids to private schools still pays for extra lessons for they kids as well to get the results they are looking for having to spend all that money. I know one of the kids that pass for queens college with 99 in math 97 in English with an A in the composition total marks of 241.75 and that came from private school with extra lessons. So I do not think people should be stereotyping the schools. Parents have they part to play no matter what school a child goes too. That is the difference.

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  45. Carolann June 8, 2017 at 10:14 am

    The private schools are more manageable than public schools most times private school classes are smaller
    Private 17 vs public 25

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