ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
During the 2019/2020 academic year, the Catholic St Martin’s Secondary School (SMSS) has made several strides in the way forward. The school has led the way in online education in St Vincent and the Grenadines during the COVID-19 pandemic, as its further upgraded learning platform has become an integral part of teaching and learning in this new era.
Additionally, with the recent release of the Caribbean Examinations Council’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results September 22, the performance of the students from the SMSS has gained the school a second-place position, for overall results in the diocese, according to a press release from SMSS.
The release stated that this year’s overall percentage was 94.48 per cent, a significant increase over the 2019 results of 87.98 per cent.
“A total of sixty-one students took 490 examinations in twenty-six subject areas. Twelve subject areas received 100 per cent passes; and six received 90 per cent and above.”
It highlighted all other subjects gained upwards of 75 per cent. The subjects with the greatest improvement were: Mathematics, moving from 43 per cent to 83 per cent; and Economics, from 41 per cent to 75 per cent.
Principal of the St Martin’s Secondary School, Yohance Gibson, “is quite pleased with the excellent student performance in the exam”, said the release.
The release continued, “He has accorded utmost praise to the staff who has dedicated their time and effort, not only to their teaching and learning endeavours, but also to the lifelong benefit of students’ inculcation of attitudes and actions that led to successful outcomes.”
Moreover, accolades have also been expressed for the past students of the school who make up the Past Students Association (SAMPASA), both the local and overseas Chapters who have enabled students’ access of online education by the provision of devices.
About the students, Gibson had this to say, “We are extremely proud of our boys who performed well amidst the many challenges which confronted them. We are looking forward to great things from them in the coming years!”
Regarding the staff, he was adamant that, “We have one of the best staffs in the world! I am privileged and delighted to be leading a team of people who love children and work hard to ensure that they are successful.”