Guyana Education: CXC-CSEC MAY/JUNE 2015 Individual candidate performances

SVN produces top CSEC performer

AUGUST 14, 2015 | BY | Sixteen-year-old Victoria Najab of the Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) Secondary School will undoubtedly go down in the annals of history having secured 20 grade one passes at one sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination.She is arguably the first CSEC candidate to accomplish such a feat.
The first local student who wrote 20 subjects at one sitting was Zimeena Rasheed of Anna Regina Secondary in 2013. She secured 18 grade one passes and 2 grade two passes. The following year Queen’s College (QC) student Elisa Hamilton repeated the feat of sitting 20 subjects and secured 19 grade one passes and 1 grade two pass.
It would however appear that Najab was determined to demonstrate that achieving 20 grade one passes was possible. She was yesterday named the best performing 2015 CSEC candidate by Chief Education Officer (CEO), Olato Sam.  [Read more]

Individual candidate performances

Full analysis of individual candidates’ performances is, or will be, available at the CXC website at

However, here is a list of candidates who have secured Grade Ones passes in eight or more subjects from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC).

This list contains one hundred and seventy two (172) candidates from Guyana.
Of these forty seven (47) candidates secured eleven (11) Grades Ones or more.  These candidates are listed below:

School                                   Name                                     Results Obtained

Sarawati Vidya Nakitan       Victoria Najab                 20 Ones

Sarawati VidyaNakitan       Vamanad Hiralall            19 Ones         1 two

Anna Regina Secondary     Aliyah Rasheed                   19 Ones

Queen’s College                  Joshanna Hopkinson         18 Ones

Queen’s College                  Ashley Anthony                   17 Ones

Anna Regina Secondary   Jagindra Persaud                 16 Ones         2 twos

Queen’s College                  Abigail Somrah                    16 Ones

Queen’s College                  Paige Carter                          14 Ones         5 twos

Queen’s College                  Kadesh Daniels                   14 Ones         3 twos

St Rose’s High                     Shawn Shewram                 14 Ones         2 twos

Queen’s College                  Michael Jagnanan              14 Ones         1 two

SarawatiVidyaNakitan       Mohanie Sudama                 14 Ones         1 two

Queen’s College                  Shannon Woodroffe              14 Ones

SarawatiVidyaNakitan        HemwantSeodat                  13 Ones         4 twos             3 threes

New Amsterdam Sec           Simon Bactawar                   13 Ones         4 twos

SarawatiVidyaNakitan        ParmeshrieRamprasad       13 Ones         3 twos             3 threes

SarawatiVidyaNakitan        NashaniNandalal                13 Ones         2 twos             1 three

Queen’s College                  Darnell Benn                           13 Ones         2 twos

SarawatiVidyaNakitan        Patricia Ramsaroop             13 Ones         1 two               1 three

Queen’s College                  Bhavesh Digamber              12 Ones         6 twos             1 three

Skeldon Line Path Sec       Ashmini Prasad                   12 Ones         5 twos

Anna Regina Secondary   Kuber Mohan                       12 Ones         3 twos             1 three

Queen’s College                  Alyea Williams                      12 Ones         3 twos

Queen’s College                  Cymone Nedd                       12 Ones         2 twos

The Bishops’ High               Vishal Roopnarine              12 Ones         2 twos

Queen’s College                  Jea Adams                            12 Ones         2 twos

Queen’s College                  Aliyah Gordon                      12 Ones         1two

Annandale Secondary       Shanaz Khan                       12 Ones

Queen’s College                  JoashGobin                          12 Ones

Queen’s College                  Jonathan Gobin                   12 Ones

West Demerara Sec            Satesh Persaud                    12 Ones

Sarawati Vidya Nakitan        KishshannaGobin               11 Ones         5 twos             2 threes

Queen’s College                  Marissa Scott                        11 Ones         5 twos             1 three

Anna Regina Secondary   Permaishwar Ramnauth     11 Ones         5 twos

St Rose’s High                     Renea Marcus                      11 Ones         4 twos             1 three

Sarawati Vidya Nakitan        Parbattee Mohess                 11 Ones         4 twos             1 three

Anna Regina Secondary   Rahul Mahadeo                   11 Ones         3 twos             2 threes

Anna Regina Secondary   Nessa Azam                          11 Ones         3 twos

Anna Regina Secondary   Haylema Bhagwan               11 Ones         3 twos

Queen’s College                  Iyanna Butts                         11 Ones         3 twos

Queen’s College                  Hadiya Victorine                   11 Ones         3 twos

Sarawati Vidya Nakitan        Yasoda Busham                   11 Ones         3 twos

Sarawati Vidya Nakitan        Bibi Rahim                            11 Ones         3 twos

Anna Regina Secondary   Ashana Lakenarine             11 Ones         2 twos

Hindu College                      Cristen Singh                       11 Ones         2 twos

The Bishops’ High               Crystal Clarke                       11 Ones         1 two               1 three

Queen’s College                  Supriya Bisnauth                  11 Ones                                 1 three

MORE INFO: go to

 ….also at  entry on St. Stanislaus Georgetown Blog links below:

Guyana CXC CSEC Results 2015



Of Interest

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  • Linds  On 08/14/2015 at 5:28 pm

    We might be referred to as the armpit of the region by the “so called” bigger up and better off islands but we still got the better brains. Congratulations to our Guyanese scholars.

  • IslandBrains  On 08/15/2015 at 12:30 am

    ^^ The only thing Guyana has over the region is the number of subject attempts. Put a smart island student in Guyana and he/she will get the same results. 20 1’s impressive but look at the merit lists and see who is the best…

  • Thinker  On 08/15/2015 at 12:03 pm

    IslandBrains, you really need to expand more on the merit lists in order to make your point. You also need to mention which particular islands you are talking about bearing in mind the populations of the various islands. The breakdown of schools performing well in the larger islands must also be noted. The top students must not all be from Naparaima Girls, Campion, Immaculate, Presentation, etc. In Guyana, although QC dominates, the top performing student at CSEC can now come from almost anywhere on the coast of Guyana. When you consider the cost of CSEC textbooks, and the fact that the teachers may not be as well qualified as those in the three major islands the performance of Guyanese students is remarkable.

  • Gigi  On 08/16/2015 at 2:06 pm

    Congratulations to the 32 young ladies (I may have gotten the gender wrong on some given the unusual names/spellings) out of the 47 total students who scored among the top. Why aren’t the outstanding achievements and exceptional capabilities of Guyanese women reflected in the Granger govt. Shame! Shame!

    “No nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you. We are the victims of evil customs. It is a crime against humanity that our women are shut up within the four walls of houses as prisoners. There is no sanction anywhere for the deplorable condition in which our women have to live.” – Mohammad Ali Jinnah

  • Gigi  On 08/16/2015 at 3:35 pm

    So where do they go from here? Please, not another run of the mill law degree that would confine them to living a life of dull mediocrity and as scavenging hyenas in the annals of Guyana’s politics.

    Anna Regina, Queens College and Sarawati Vidya Nakitan are the three recurring schools out of the 10 mentioned. QC is known for taking in the brightest, the wealthiest or the connected. The three are not one and the same. Sarawati Vidya Nakitan is touted as taking in students from all walks of life and giving them an equal opportunity. Thus, those who have the aptitude and/or perseverance to pursue academic rigor are provided with the tools needed for them to reach outstanding academic achievement. Public education in Guyana like America is not equal despite contrary proclamations by those who shout the loudest and stand the most to gain.

    I came across a very introspective article in The Atlantic a few days ago. Interestingly, the article, written by Bertrand Russell – the great mathematician and philosopher, was originally published way back in 1916, yet it is more relevant today than ever. On any given day, most Atlantic articles would generate over a hundred comments, minimum. Yet, curiously, there was only one comment on the article in the several days that it was posted. I purposely went back to reread the article and to view the comments because I was curious to read what commenters had to say, but there were no other comments and the comment section was not closed. The Atlantic audience is mostly college educated males in their 50s – many are professors and many are politically active. I imagine their inability to comment had a lot to do with the article’s effect on their (mis)informed sense of agency.

    Here’s the link to the article:

    Education as a Political Institution.

    “Education should not aim at a dead awareness of static facts, but at an activity directed toward the world that our efforts are to create.”

  • Thinker  On 08/17/2015 at 12:30 am

    So where do they go from here?
    Some will no doubt study medecine in Cuba. Most will probably not continue to do STEM subjects. There should be a bit more investigative journalism in Guyana to find out how these students do so well DESPITE the conditions of study and what most of them do after such great success. Do they go to QC for CAPE or straight to UG?

  • Hughsguyanastories  On 08/17/2015 at 10:02 am

    Congratulations to Victoria Najab.
    Congratulations to Victoria Najab and to her parents and the many tutors at Saraswati Vidya Niketan, the exemplary Hindu secondary school in Cornelia Ida, WCD. Her impressive results of twenty grade ones at the most recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate examinations is described as a record.
    I also extend congratulations to Vamanad Hiralall of the same school as Victoria for achieving his no less impressive results of nineteen ones and a single two. In my eyes, all he missed was a full stop, a comma and a full colon somewhere along the way. Heads up boy. You make me feel proud. Hearty congratulations also to Aliyah Rasheed of Anna Regina Secondary for her nineteen grade ones. Congratulations to all the half century or so students in Guyana who gained results of ten or more grade ones at CSEC subjects. The world is out there waiting for you to conquer it and I wish you every success.
    Congratulations to the youths aside, the adults who prepared and guided these extraordinarily smart and diligent teenagers are paddling up the wrong creek. Despite their honest and hardworking dedication, these educators are going against the swift flowing currents of the modern world, wasting much of their and their students’ energy in the process. I say so because I am certain of one thing and it is that three compulsory subjects such as English language, Mathematics and a foreign language are all that are needed at school leaving examinations. Two or three additional subjects taken should depend on what the student will study should they go on to university. For example, The University of The West Indies entry requirements in terms of CSECs for the Faculty of Medical Sciences, St Augustine campus, are passes in five subjects. Namely, English Language, Chemistry, Physics, Biology and Mathematics. Five subjects, all the usual suspects. Not thirty-seven, or seventeen, or even seven subjects are required. For comparison, entry level Oxford University candidates for medicine, Anno Domini 2015, are required to have Chemistry (compulsory), plus Biology and/or Physics and/or Mathematics to full A-level as the basic academic benchmark for proving post-secondary education. Again, not thirty-seven, or seventeen, or seven subjects is the requirement.
    The two or three non-compulsory subjects students sit examinations for ought to be those necessary for university admittance. There are many subjects pupils, and the economy of Guyana, need to be familiar with, especially those that prepare them to be as efficient as possible in their chosen field on entering the country’s labour market. Must each of these subjects be crowned with a grade one at CSEC?
    An education system geared at, or encouraging, Renaissance men and women is very much out of sync with the needs of the world today. There is no longer room for “Jack of all trades, master of none” types of ‘analogue’ education. Today, we all function, the educated and the uneducated, by surfing on wave after wave of clicks on a keypad. We glide effortlessly between highly specialized fields of human knowledge. In the digital age we live in, it is almost unimaginable for us to function without household names such as Nokia, Microsoft, Apple, Samsung, Google, Wikipedia and other Wikis this or Wikis that, isn’t it? Oh, my! Did I just say Nokia? Yikes!
    Studying for thirty CSEC’s (why on earth stop at twenty!) subjects is an intellectual feat but in reality it is an endeavour as eccentric and quaint as Don Quixote fighting windmills. It is an inefficient use of brain power, time, energy and financial resources. I asked some of the educators I work with what they think of sixteen year old children sitting examinations in twenty subjects. I got raised eyebrows and the inevitable question to answer my question. Why would a pupil need to sit so many subjects?
    Yes, why? Why, when even the smallest of children with an internet connection have direct access to the bountiful harvest of knowledge that human curiosity has reaped? They ask Google more questions than they ask Mummy or Daddy even before they learn to write! By ‘write’, I mean write analogue style with a pencil and paper, of course. These potential achievers of fifty grade ones at the CSEC have already mastered the QWERTY keyboard and they confuse us by asking tricky questions such as:
    “Why do I need to learn to write using a pencil and paper?”
    Meaningful education is not about gaining ninety-nine subject 1’s! Downsize it, keep it simple and meaningful! Education as a tool of empowerment. Who needs CSEC results in bulk amounts and for what purpose? Educators must nurture their students’ potential as if it were a magnifying glass and they were going to start a fire with it. Focus and fire them up! Make them truly powerful with a meaningful education!
    A classic example of such meaningfulness is a recent project that was done at Sholinab Village, Rupununi that I came across posted on the Guyanese Pilots group on Facebook because flying was involved. No Shakespearian notions of ‘To be or not to be’ were needed by the Wapishana and Macusi of Sholinab Village. To ‘BE’ they needed to learn how to build and fly high-tech drones. They learnt to use their acquired knowledge to map their farm lands, forests and monitor their other resources from the air, which they did with flying colours (pun intended).
    “The drone (to them) was no longer a foreign, mysterious piece of technology, but something they owned, built, & therefore understood.” Said Gregor MacLennan of Digital Democracy, who did the project. It was a masterclass of truly meaningful education that empowered those citizens.
    Hugh Yearwood, MSc, DVM, PG Dip EFL Methodology
    Founding Co- Owner
    English Perfect Language School

  • Lucky  On 11/01/2015 at 1:55 pm

    Congratulations to all the students!
    Hi I was wondering if you guys can post all the names of the 172 students who achieved 8 grade ones and over. I am pretty sure they want to know where they rank in the country also. Thank you.

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