Tajani Walcott of Workman’s Primary scored the third highest mark in this year’s Common Entrance Exam.
With a near perfect score of 98 in English, 91 in Mathematics and an ‘A’ in Composition, he is headed to Queen’s College next term.
However, with the exam results now out the way, he is eager to get back to his leisure activities before his hard work officially resumes.
“ I feel amazing. I had to give up my Saturdays, my bank holidays and my vacation, [but] it was worth the hard work, and I am excited to be going to Queen’s College,” Walcott said while breathing a sigh of relief.
Also joining him at Queen’s will be Amaani Holder of St Stephen’s Primary who ended up with the fifth highest mark on the island after scoring 97 in English, 90 in Mathematics and an ‘A’ in Composition.
He told Barbados TODAY he was very pleased with his result because of the sacrifices he had to make, including limited use of his laptop, tablet and other electronic devices.
While basking in his success today, Holder also spared a thought for those who would have made it to the schools of their choice.
His advice to them, was that “every school is good”, they just need to work hard.
“ People say that there are good schools and bad schools, but I don’t believe in that,” Holder told Barbados TODAY.
“I believe that every school is good and it depends on what you do at the schools that makes the school good,” he added while praising his teachers and his family who he said were very supportive of him.
“They told me primary school may be done, but the work has just begun,” he said.
His teacher Terry Carrington told Barbados TODAY, “I am very proud of him. I always knew he could do it. He is very scientific minded. I always call him the science man and he can memorize so many things and he always asks a lot of questions.”
Over at the Hindsbury Primary School, Jameka Beckles, who ranked seventh on the island, was extremely happy, but admittedly a bit shocked.
“I wasn’t expecting to do so well,” she told Barbados TODAY, explaining that “there were a few questions [on the exam paper] that made me stumble, so I had to say to myself, ‘I know this. Just put it down and you will be fine.’”
Her class teacher Melissa Nicholls told Barbados TODAY was equally elated.
“We worked really hard and many days they were upset with me, but we worked really hard. They grumbled, they cried, but they really worked out and they did well and I’m very happy that we are in the top ten.” (KB)