First Regional Cooperative Credit Union, has this year granted four new Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scholarships valued at $25,000 each, and one Tertiary level bursary of $150,000.
The scholarships and bursaries now total 21, under the First Regional Cooperative Credit Union Scholarship Awards programme.
Education Minister, Hon, Andrew Holness congratulated the recipients on their achievements, at the Credit Union’s scholarship awards ceremony, held at the Hibiscus Lodge Hotel on Thursday, August 12.
President of First Regional Cooperative Credit Union, Mr. Hopeton Henry (L) presents the organisation’s bursary award to tertiary level student, Sherilyn Shaw on Thursday, August 12 at Hibiscus Lodge Hotel in Ocho Rios. The occasion was the Credit Union’s scholarship awards ceremony.
“We must truly celebrate those who have done well in Grade Six Achievement Tests. These students have weathered the intensity of study and preparation. They have worked hard and sacrificed play for study and they have done well and we applaud them. They truly deserve the scholarship that they are going to benefit from,” Minister Holness said.
Stressing the importance of literacy and numeracy in the development of a nation, he said that the Ministry was serious about achieving universal literacy at the primary level.
“What we are saying is that by the year 2015 all the students leaving primary school must be certified literate by the Grade Four Literacy Test standard,” he said.
He stated that the National Education Inspectorate (NEI), as one of the visions in the transformation of the education system was already in place and that some 30 schools had been inspected so far and a review of the inspection reports was being done.
“For reports that show that the school is failing, those schools will be brought to book,” Minister Holness said, noting that principals and teachers would be held accountable for the failure of their schools.
He is urging principals and teachers in the primary schools to work to achieve quality performance in all their students so that they will succeed in the delivery of literate students into the high school system.
Meanwhile, President of First Regional Cooperative Credit Union, Mr. Hopeton Henry said that the scholarship programme was part of the Credit Union’s outreach in giving back to its members for being loyal.
“First Regional Cooperative Credit union is aware of the thrust both by this Government and the previous government to put education on the front burner and we want to play our part in assisting in that direction and we will continue to do so as long as the circumstances allow us,” Mr. Henry said, wishing the recipients the best in their endeavours.
Scholarship awardee, Malcolm Fischer, expressed his pleasure in a JIS News interview. “I feel overwhelmed for the fact I was chosen to receive this scholarship. I will be attending Ardenne High School and I will be going there to do my best,” he said.