The 12 early sitters in this year’s Barbados Secondary Schools’ Entrance Examination (BSSEE) have proven why were allowed to take the so called “11-plus” test at the age of 10.
Among them, Jada Faheem of the privately-run Al-Falah School, who scored a perfect 100 in Mathematics and 90 in English, with an ‘A’ in Composition.
Faheem was thrown into immediate shock today after receiving his results.
“At first I did not believe it,” the outstanding student told Barbados TODAY even though he acknowledged that much preparation and hard work had gone into the exam.
“My preparation was mainly doing lots of past papers and practice papers. I had to give up a lot of my playing time,” he said.
However, the wait for the results was not that difficult since he was confident throughout about his performance.
“I felt like the exam was very simple [and] the support from parents was very encouraging,” said Faheem, who will be attending Harrison College this September.
Another outstanding student in this year’s exam was 10-year-old Aiden Peters, of Bay Primary School, who scored 89 in English and 99 in Mathematics with a ‘C’ in Composition.
“ I love it. I am excited. I studied hard at night and when children were on the pasture, I stayed inside,” he told Barbados TODAY.
His Principal Kathy Gamble described him as quiet, reserved and very diligent, explaining that Peters, who will be heading to Queen’s College in September, “showed tremendous potential from the time he entered this school at the Reception stage and he has been consistent through his years”.
A similar report was given today by Che Worrell’s teachers at the Grazettes Primary School after it was announced that he scored 93 in English and 98 in Mathematics with an ‘A’ in Composition to be counted among the island’s top performers.
“I did extra lessons and I gave up some things,” a soft-spoken Worrell told Barbados TODAY.
As for taking the exam ahead of schedule, he said “I wasn’t really scared that I was sitting early”.
In fact, today, he got his wish of being able to attend Queen’s College.
“I wanted to go to Queen’s College because it seems like a really good school,” he said.
His teacher Jelene Kellman was not surprised by his performance in this year’s exam.
In fact, today she experienced a bit of déjà vu after the results came back.
“I dreamt that he was going to be one of the top students in Barbados,” she revealed, while stating that Worrell was an “exceptional” student.
“He really focuses and even if he didn’t know the concept he would pay attention. He was focused and was always willing to learn,” Kellman explained.
Over at Workman’s Primary in St George, Tiharra Carmicheal was not big on words.
However, she proved she was big on performance, scoring 91 in English and 99 in Mathematics with an ‘A’ in Composition.
“I feel like I deserved it. I put in the hard work,“ she said, as she prepares to join Peters and Worrell at Queen’s College later this year.
Her teacher Kathy Carter was extremely pleased with her results.
“I’m elated and ecstatic. I had the class only for two terms and it was basically just getting them prepared. It was a lot of sacrifices,” she said, adding that “Tiharra was always a hard worker and working above her age group, so when she came into Class 4 it was no different.
“She was always eager she knew where she wanted to go and she knew what she had to do,” Carter added.