With a perfect score in Mathematics, Talha Mohamed has secured his place among the top performers in this year’s Common Entrance Examination.
He was among three students nationwide who still managed to get full marks even though students and teachers alike had complained bitterly about the difficulty of this year’s Maths paper.
Interestingly, English proved a little more challenging for this year’s most outstanding student from the Al-Falah School, who gained 94 in English and a B in Composition for an overall score of 248.83.
When a team from Barbados TODAY visited the Passage Road, St Michael school shortly after the results were announced yesterday, the quiet Muslim student allowed his performance to speak for itself, simply saying, “I feel very happy.”
He will be attending the school of his choice, Queen’s College, from September.
And while it is too early for him to say how he plans of celebrate his latest academic accomplishment, Talha already knows what career he wants to pursue.
“My dad will probably treat me somewhere,” he said of the immediate celebration, while revealing that in the future, he hopes to pursue a career in cricket, playing for his favourite team, The West Indies.
His father Zakariya and his mother Atiyya could not conceal their pride.
“I’m very proud of him, we’ve been working consistently in Maths for the last four years. We expected him to do well,” the father told Barbados TODAY, pointing out that his son was always good with numbers from day one.
Talha’s friends and classmates also hailed his success, noting that he always scored in the high 90s to a hundred in Mathematics, while his class teacher Farhana Jada was overjoyed.
“I’m elated after all that hard work, it’s all paid off,” she said, while praising her entire class for its performance, which she said surpassed her expectations.
Of the 18 Class 4 students at Al-Falah, more than half have been allotted places in this island’s top schools, including Harrison College, Queen’s College and The St Michael School.
Jada said she found the use of past papers especially helpful, noting that the students had put in extra work during lunch and after school.
Principal Ibrahim Bhana was equally proud of his students and credited the school’s continuous success in the examination to hard work and discipline.