Two dominate

Kolij and QC sweep scholarships, take nearly all exhibitions

Two of the island’s secondary schools dominated this year’s scholarships and exhibitions, sweeping the 26 scholarships and taking all but three of the 19 exhibitions.

Only the Barbados Community College with two exhibitions and Christ Church Foundation School with one, prevented Harrison College and Queen’s College (QC) from taking everything available when the results of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) were announced.   

QC was the more dominant of the two successful schools, with the Husbands, St James institution capturing 15 scholarships and 11 exhibitions, while Harrison College accounted for 11 and five, respectively.

Making the announcement this morning, Minister of Education Ronald Jones expressed satisfaction with the results, noting that Government had been expanding the portfolio of sixth form schools on the island, moving from what he described as a “class based” situation where students only had the option of attending older secondary sixth form institution like Harrison College, Queen’s College, Combermere School and The Lodge School.

Minister of Education Ronald Jones (second from right) and Chief Education Officer Karen Best (right) with this year’s scholarship and exhibition winners.

“That was an elitist and class based environment [and] by the time September starts, we will have 11 schools doing sixth form or post-secondary education as well.  They are all contributing to the pool of success.  When we look at the results, overall our results for CAPE is in the high nineties among those students in unit one and unit two,” the minister told a packed Erdiston Teachers’ Training College auditorium, filled with awardees and their parents.

“A scholarship or [an] exhibition is not a scholarship or exhibition until those who represent you in the governance of the country say that it is.  [The] law says that you are eligible. It only becomes the scholarship and exhibition when the Chief [Education Officer] and her staff gets them to Cabinet and Cabinet signs off on them,” Jones explained.

Meantime, the minister suggested that some students fell just short of earning scholarships because of simple mistakes.   

“Students are making some errors . . . we have about ten students this year, seven in Communications Studies and three in Caribbean Studies that did not attach the right level of attention to those subjects.  That’s the only grade two you got,” he said.

“When it comes to the finances, there is a massive difference between a scholarship and an exhibition. And therefore, by not paying that deep focus to those two core or compulsory subjects your mummy or daddy or both will have to give you some extra resources because we’re not.”

This year’s scholarship winners are:  from Queen’s College: Alana Applewhaite, Dominique Bovell, Shannon Boxill, Kamar Clarke, Dominique Ellis, Gabrielle Farnum, Adara Haynes, Tre Hollingsworth, John Hunte, Joshua Jones, Hailey Laurayne, Zaria Layne, Tiffani Lynch, Nia Marshall and Emma McIntyre; from Harrison College – Carlos Andrew, Clementine Forter Chee-a-Tow, Daveed Gittens, Sian Hallsworth, Lashaina Holford, David Johnson, Karishma Karnani, Destini Lynch, Afeefah Lunat, Dominique Persaud and Kyron Richards.

This year’s Exhibition winners are:  from Queen’s College – Chanelle Bowen, Aliyyah Boyce, Shane Carter, Shanice Cox, Latisha Edwards, Simone Jean-Marie, Maisha King, Tia Mahon, Emilee Mustor, Toria Small and Teri Williams-Niles; from Harrison College: Nicholas Atwell, Jameelah Bhana, Jada Jones, Shaquille Thomas, and Maurice Walkes; the Christ Church Foundation School:  Azaria Forde, and from the Barbados Community College: Cara Cumberbatch and Brittany Gibbons.

The results were originally slated to be released on Thursday. However,  the announcement was postponed due to the impending Tropical Storm Harvey, which affected the island on Thursday night into the early hours of Friday morning.

4 Responses to Two dominate

  1. Jennifer August 22, 2017 at 6:53 am

    “That was an elitist and class based environment [and] by the time September starts, we will have 11 schools doing sixth form or post-secondary education as well.

    I wonder if some people are naturally stupid or if they make a special effort to be this way.

    It will not matter!!!!!!!!

    It was designed that way from the outset. It is called “the DIVIDE”. With the same minority at the top and the majority at the bottom mentality. Blame the pendulum.

  2. Milli Watt August 22, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    where is COMBERMERE………..oh yes I forgot that institution producing GUN SMITHS who we as a society don’t charge! Got to be something wrong when you got school separated they way we have them and separated again at these critical times.

  3. Milli Watt August 22, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    where is LODGE!

  4. Milli Watt August 22, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    where is ST. MICHAELS


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