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  • Twelve students were on August 27, rewarded for their academic excellence by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining.
  • The students, who are children of Ministry employees, each received bursaries of $10,000 to assist with their school expenses.
  • Addressing the ceremony, Minister of Science Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, congratulated the awardees.

Twelve students who successfully sat the 2014 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), were on August 27, rewarded for their academic excellence by the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining.

The students, who are children of Ministry employees, each received bursaries of $10,000 to assist with their school expenses, at a ceremony held at the Ministry’s Trafalgar Road offices, in Kingston.

The GSAT awardees include: Brittney Lobban, Chad Walker, Jada Palmer, Shanelle Allen, Denzil Malcolm, Noellea-Marie Mason, Teleion Wisdom, and Secelia McCain, while the CSEC awardee is Mikhaila Brown. The CAPE awardees are: Joshua Parker, Shareece Allen, and Brittanie Lee.

Addressing the ceremony, Minister of Science Technology, Energy and Mining, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, congratulated the awardees. “Our employees’ children are our own…we accept the concept that it takes a village to raise a child, and in our current situation where we are so challenged by economic hardships and social problems, it is only through education and enabling our young people to be properly educated that Jamaica is going to be able to overcome its problems”.

He noted that while the bursaries were a “drop in the bucket,” it was a caring gesture aimed at encouraging the students to continue to do well. He also lauded the staff for having embraced the project, which began in 2012.

In her remarks, Permanent Secretary, Hillary Alexander, also expressed pride in her staff and the success of their children.

“You have done well, and we want this to be a stepping stone. Aim for the sky…we are here for you. As you progress, and as you meet your targets, we will go on this journey together,” she told the students.