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Valedictorian to pursue medicine at Texila American University
A few years from now, Reshma Singh will be helping many patients somewhere in Guyana – either at a medical institution or her own private practice, or perhaps both.
And she will remember September 19 as the day she graduated as the top student from the Cove and John Hindu College, East Coast Demerara, with passes in a number of subject areas at the 2013 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.
She would certainly remember it as the commencement of her journey to become a medical doctor, as it was that day during the school’s graduation ceremony when she learnt she was awarded a scholarship with the Texila American University to pursue the medicine programme.
Singh was chosen to attend the university based on her outstanding performance. In her valedictory speech, she noted that her secondary school, which was opened in 2004, provides an opportunity for underperforming students to improve themselves academically while being taught about morals and the importance of religion.
2013 Cove and John Hindu College graduates
Expressing thanks for the scholarship, Singh encouraged her classmates to continue striving for excellence and to be the best at whatever they do in life. She said she is very proud not only of her own achievement, but also those of her classmates.
Singh thanked her teachers and members of her family for their support and urged other students to study hard, saying this will help them achieve success.
95 per cent pass rate
Principal Rajkumarie Singh, in delivering her report at the ceremony, which was held in the school’s auditorium, said 27 other students graduated with 95 per cent pass rates. She also reported that of the 28 students who wrote the exams, a large number graduated with grade one passes.
Of the 13 subjects offered by the school, four students wrote 11 subjects – Reshma Singh, Keisha Jagnarine, Omadai Goberdan, and Ghandai Bhagwan. Singh and Jagnarine were named the school’s top performers, each obtaining nine grade ones, one grade two, and one grade three.
The principal noted that there was a 100 per cent pass rate in agriculture and integrated science, electronic document preparation and management, English B, human and social biology, principles of business, social studies, and religious education.
However, there was an 83 per cent pass rate in chemistry, 96 per cent in English A, 74 per cent in mathematics, 95 per cent in office administration, and 75 per cent in principles of accounts.
“It must be noted that the students who have been successful at the CSEC (this year) were not necessarily top achievers at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA),” she explained. She said the school takes pride in using a disciplined approach to academia, aimed at helping students become well-rounded individuals.
The principal credited the success of students to the dedicated teachers at the school. Currently, there are 11 teachers, including some who are part-time. She explained that there are a few young teachers as well, but this does not hinder their performance as educators. “They work assiduously with the students,” she noted.
The principal pointed out that the school does not allow extra lessons, but when it nears examination time, additional sessions are held early in the mornings and on weekends. “Even though this is a Hindu school, we have several students who are not Hindus. What we do is instil values that are common in all the religions in our students,” she said.
Pro-Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG) Dr Prem Misir charged the students to always remember the fundamental moral and spiritual outputs of discipline in society. Noting that the school has no record of violence thus far, he called on students to embrace their achievements as well as challenges, saying they should apply what they have learned.
Also present at the graduation were former Finance Minister Sasenarine Kowlessar and Region Four Chairman Clement Corlette, along with representatives of the private sector and the business community.
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Texila American University (TAU) honoured the country’s top two students at the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.
During the ceremony held at the Private Sector Commission boardroom, top students Zamina Rasheed and Yogeeta Persaud of the Anna Regina Multilateral
Zamina Rasheed receiving her award from Texila American University International Relations Manager Ashok Kumar
School were presented with cash incentives of GY $80,000 and GY $50,000 respectively and certificates of excellence from the university by its International Relations Manger Ashok Kumar.
Kumar said the students have made Guyana proud, and as part of the university cial responsibilities programmes, it is their pleasure to honour the students for their hard work. He urged the students to stay focus on achieving their goals, wishing them well in their future endeavours. He added that the local students enrolling at the university benefits from a favourable education package.
PSC Chairman Ronald Webster added that the university has done a commendable job by honouring the students. “Giving incentives for hard work of the girls will help them to use it to further develop their education… they can use it to purchase books,” said Webster.
The chairman added that the university helps to build the knowledge base of the country and too often the best students leave. “The university helps with knowledge exchange and building with foreign students interacting with the local students… it also adds to the country’s revenue base by bringing revenues from the foreign students’ body.”
Both Zamina Rasheed and Yogeeta Persaud thanked the university for the awards, noting that that they will be spending the money on purchasing books. Zamina Rasheed and Yogeeta Persaud secured 19 and 18 grade ones respectively at the recent CSEC examinations.
Meanwhile, Tourism and Hospitality Association of Guyana (THAG) President Kit Nascimento emphasised the importance of education to the country.
Yogeeta Persaud and Zamina Rasheed (front row) with THAG President Kit Nascimento (left), PSC Chairman Ronald Webster and Texila American University International Relations Manager Ashok Kumar
“Adding significantly to education are always welcomed and supported by the Private Sector Commission… For a country to move forward, there is a need to have a well-trained work force… in relation to tourism, it touches every field.”
TAU is a fully registered university by the National Accreditation Council of Guyana. Additionally, it receives its listing from the World Health Organisation (WHO), which enables its graduates to practise worldwide, including the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.
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Some people as old as 80, the researchers say, begin to show neurological patterns of people in their 20s.
Brain scientists have discovered that swerving around cars while simultaneously picking out road signs in a video game can improve the short-term memory and long-term focus of older adults.
Cognitive scientists say the findings, to be published Thursday in the scientific journal Nature, are a significant development in understanding how to strengthen older brains. That is because the improvements in brain performance did not come just within the game but were shown outside the game in other cognitive tasks.
Further supporting the findings, the researchers were able to measure and show changes in brain wave activity, suggesting that this research could help understand what neurological mechanisms should and could be tinkered with to improve memory and attention.