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  • 2013 Civil Servant of the Year, Enthrose Campbell is volunteering her service as part of initiatives to highlight the positive image of civil servants.
  • Miss Campbell says that the objective is to help the Grade Eleven students to do well in their upcoming oral and written examinations.
  • STATHS student, Shannay Fearon tells JIS News that she is very grateful for the assistance received over the past three months.

Eleven students of St. Andrew Technical High School (STATHS), who will be sitting the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations in Spanish next month, are more confident of success due to the assistance of 2013 Civil Servant of the Year, Enthrose Campbell.

Miss Campbell, who is a past student of the institution and is currently the Director of Production at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS), is volunteering her service as part of initiatives to highlight the positive image of civil servants.

Speaking with JIS News after completing one of her lessons at STATHS on Monday, March 24, Miss Campbell says that the objective is to help the Grade Eleven students to do well in their upcoming oral and written examinations.

“I want the students to be able to pass their exams and in the process I want them to like it. I want them to see Spanish as just another way of communicating and I don’t want them to fear the language. I want them to understand that it is just another language… another way to express themselves,” Miss Campbell says.

She notes that in the beginning, while teaching the course she shared the benefits that having a second language have had on her life.

“Spanish has helped me to go about the world and I had to get them to see that the way up for poor people is through something different. Everybody is doing physics and mathematics and so on and is doing it well (however) Spanish will take you places,” Miss Campbell states.

STATHS student, Shannay Fearon tells JIS News that she is very grateful for the assistance received over the past three months.

“The classes with Miss Campbell have been a great one as she has helped us with the orals and the oral (examination) is coming in April. She has taught us well… she has helped us to read and say the words (correctly). The classes with her have been great and I love the class,” Shannay says.

Shanique Smith also thanked Miss Campbell for helping her to prepare for the oral component of the Spanish examinations, while adding “I know I am going to do well in April because of her.”

For her part, Rorina Bennett states that the classes have been very beneficial for her, and expressed her confidence that she will also do well in her upcoming examinations.

Meanwhile, Vice Principal of Academics Yvonne Mamher-Tafari states that there had been concerns about the students’ performance in Spanish.

“Being a past student we thought it would be a perfect mix and her enthusiasm showed us that the inclusion would have been good and that the students would have related well with her personality because that is very important. So we just went with it because we know that we must achieve something good from that venture,” Mrs. Mamher-Tafari says.

While stating her appreciation, Mrs. Mamher-Tafari adds that it is hoped that the initiative will go beyond April.

“She came, we tested and it is successful. We must see improvement in the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate and that is our objective. So we just hope that JIS will allow her to continue,” she adds.

For his part, Vice Principal, Technical and Vocational areas, Frank Boyd notes that any external intervention is always beneficial as the students are exposed to someone who can motivate them.

Miss Campbell was named the 2013 Civil Servant of the Year, on Friday, November 15 and has served the JIS for 18 years. She topped a field of four, to cop the Civil Servant of the year award for 2013.