By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The results for the 2015 Primary School Examination (PSE) are in, and Gabriel Pope of the Bernice Yorke Institute of Learning is this year’s top performer.
Pope scored 386 out of a possible 400 points, giving a grade of 96.5 percent. His grade put him ahead of the 7,223 candidates who sat the exam.
Bernice Yorke produced seven of the top 28 students this year. When asked to speak on what attributed to his success, Pope responded that it was due to collaboration with fellow students and relatives.
Principal of the school, Sherry Ali, told The Reporter that the school’s secret to producing well balanced students is the emphasis it places on laying a solid foundation, with early childhood learning.
Pope was seconded by Carrel Moralez of San Narciso RC School in Corozal, with third place going to Sahil Hotchandani from Belize Elementary School.
The results showed fierce competition among top performers, as two students tied for fourth place, three students tied for sixth place, and five tied for ninth place.
The Ministry of Education said this week that while it will recognize students who performed will in the exam, it cautions that making judgements about schools or teachers based on the performance of the students is “inappropriate.”