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11-y-o Zaire wants to run for MP

Published:Friday | June 24, 2016 | 6:00 AMCamille Williams
Zaire Clarke talks about his performance in the Grade Six Achievement Test.

It wasn't his preferred choice, but 11-year-old Zaire Clarke won't mind going to Charlemont High because that's where his idol, Asafa Powell, went to school.

But while Zaire sees the superstar athlete as a role model, the youngster's ambition is to become the member of parliament for his constituency when he grows up.

Zaire, who lives in St Catherine and was one of more than 39,000 students who sat the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) last March, received a 72 per cent average.

After the results were released last week, The Gleaner visited several schools across the island to get the reactions of the students.

Zaire, a student of Mount Rosser Primary and Infant School, said becoming an MP is one way he can support his school when he graduates.

"One reason why I want to be an MP is to give back to my school, and I want to do a lot in this constituency when I'm the MP," he said.

"[I want to] make sure all the students are well educated and make sure that this constituency becomes a very good one and not a bad one a very peaceful one."

Zaire passed for the Charlemont High School despite wanting to attend Ardenne or St Jago High School. Still, he said he is determined to strive for excellence.

"I feel happy going forward. I'm now going to a high school and I think it's going to be a lot different from primary school," he said.

"They are going to have different teachers, different subjects a lot of different subjects but I will do my very best at Charlemont."