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.