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Kuti racks up 17 CSEC passes

Published:Sunday | August 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Kuti Ra shows off his awards for securing first place in communication studies and first place in his fifth-form class at Jamaica College.-Contributed

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

At 15 years old, Jamaica College (JC) student Kuti Ra has more than enough Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects to put him in good stead for matriculation to a tertiary institution - and the youngster would have it no other way.

"Of course it was pressuring and it is stressful, but at the end of the day it can be worth it. When you excel at CXC (Caribbean Examinations Council) it provides an opportunity to move on to a good college, and then the world is your playground and you can pursue whatever you want to do," shared Kuti, who just completed fifth form at JC.

"CXC is one step in that process and every step is worth it, no matter how stressful it might prove."

Kuti took 15 subjects during the last CSEC sitting - seven of which were done at home, including Additional Mathematics, French and Economics, which were prepared for in a one-year period.

He passed all 15, achieving six ones, six twos and three threes, and also graduated from fifth form at the top of his class, receiving an award for first place in communication studies.

He now has an impressive 17 CSEC subjects under his belt, six of which he passed at age 12, before entering high school (some subjects were done over during the more recent sitting).

The young man, who was homeschooled for most of his academic life before entering the public-education system at third form, said that arrangement was "really an ideal situation".

"It was very comfortable (being homeschooled). We could cooperate and I could work out a schedule that we were both happy with," he said, in speaking of his mother, Kamau Mahakoe, who served as his tutor.

Not limiting himself

"The only drawback was that there are some subjects that are easier to pursue in a high-school setting, where there are many teachers available that are familiar with it."

As he anticipates a place in sixth form, Kuti is not limiting himself to any particular course of study.

"I would like to be diverse and pursue information technology and dabble in the sciences, biology and chemistry, so I can be well-rounded at the end of it," he told The Sunday Gleaner.

Kuti, who admitted to having not really got the chance to engage in much leisure activity so far, wants to pursue a sport - "probably football or tennis".

"You have to know how to be flexible. You can't behave the same way around everyone, so if you are talking to your friends, you just adapt to their mannerisms, you just blend in."

ryon.jones@gleanerjm.com