Hard work from the students, and the commitment from their teacher and parents, helped nine special needs students from the Ann Hill School excel in their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations in Electronic Data Processing Management (EDPM) this year.
Today, the Pine, St Michael based school took some time to celebrate their achievement. Teacher Shane Grant was particularly pleased with the results, not only because it was her first time teaching the subject, but she was also impressed with the students’ determination to succeed.
“I was nervous at first because although I had done Word Processing, Pitman’s and Typewriting at school, I had no formal training in delivering the EDPM syllabus, but I did my best. I also had to clarify with some parents that despite the fact they were special needs children, it was the very same syllabus all CSEC students did across the Caribbean, and the students pushed themselves even harder in order to prove the naysayers wrong.”
EDPM comprises a three-part School Based Assessment where students must submit a Word document, an Excel document and a Power Point presentation. They also have to put together a portfolio featuring a two-page letter, circular, menu, and a brochure.
Principal Emelda Bell commended the students’ parents, the Ministry of Education and the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) for their assistance.
“When we approached the parents, we would have made them aware of the challenges we were having with the physical plant and they were willing to let the children stay after school if they needed to or come in during the vacation; whatever we asked they were willing to do. Representatives from the Ministry of Education and CXC also gave us the support and technical know how we needed to prepare the students.”
The principal said the school did its part to ensure its charges were well prepared for the challenges they would face in the working world.
“We recognize it is difficult because they have to compete with everyone else, so when our students leave, we want them to be as independent as possible. Apart from the academic element with the CSEC certificates we have sessions on gender and health and family life because we want to produce well rounded students who will live up to our motto of ‘being the best that they can be’,” she said.
The two students who received grade ones in the exam, Enrique Marshall and Teven Bates, urged their fellow students to “work hard and not give up” in order to achieve success. (DH)