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myReport: Why Cheinnel cried

Published:Thursday | June 25, 2015 | 6:00 AM
Karl Francis (right) consoles his daughter, Cheinnel Francis, after she burst into tears on learning she was awarded a place at Cedar Grove High School in Portmore, St Catherine. Francis’ scores ranged from 91-98.

Following the publication of this photo with the father of Cheinnel Francis consoling her, Cheinnel's sister, Kadia, has sought to explain why her sister cried on learning that she would be attending the Cedar Grove Academy. Kaydia stresses that even if the GSAT awardee had been placed at her school of choice, she would have been transferred to Cedar Grove anyway.

See her submission below:

Cheinnel cried both out of relief and out of sadness for not being placed at her first choice of Wolmer's Girls, or second choice, Campion.

However, I would've transferred her to Cedar Grove Academy if they had placed her in any of those schools, for one simple reason: as bright as she is, she is young and unconcerned. It would not be wise to put her on a bus to send her to the mall, much less to Cross Roads or Liguanea. Nor do we have the resources for private transportation.

Cedar Grove Academy is less than five minutes away from where we live; it is a brand new school, with brand new facilities. They take the same approach the aforementioned schools take in the aggressive recruiting of the best and brightest teachers. They are a school of excellence, which means they take the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) approach to learning.

Still an excellent school

The overall average to get into the academy is 90 per cent, which is the same or not far off from Wolmer's and Campion. The only substantive difference between these schools is that one is new. That's the extent of it. I believe it is incumbent on us parents, guardians and family members of these young students to not continue to perpetuate this myth of 'traditional' and 'non-traditional' schools, and I say myth because it is a social construct. The degrees of separation between these schools are really to be measured in dollar figures, and that in and of itself is the issue because the sums are due to the class of parents of students who attend these facilities.

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