Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter
There has been an increase in the number of students from primary schools who have copped Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scholarships provided by the Government and private entities.
In addition, a number of students from less popular primary schools have managed to make it among the almost 100 students awarded scholarships by the Government and private sector.
This year, 96 students received scholarships, up from 65 students last year.
The list of scholarship winners published by the Ministry of Education in yesterday's daily newspapers revealed that seven of the 25 government scholars are from primary schools, compared to only one out of 24 last year.
In total 50 of the 96 students who received scholarships are from public institutions which represents an increase compared with 21 of 65 students last year.
According to Education Minister Ronald Thwaites, the result reflects a diversion from what has been the norm where a specific group of schools dominated the list.
He said the mixture among the schools was welcomed by the Ministry of Education.
"Quality education is to be found across the system and this is an indication of it," Thwaites said.
He said there has been an improvement at some schools as a result of their effort to improve the standards of the students.
"There has been better preparation, all credit to the teachers and to the parents. What we need to do in our education system is to stress equity and quality," he added.
Receiving the Scotiabank Foundation Shining Star Excellence Top Girl scholarship is Catherine Douse of St Catherine Preparatory. The Scotiabank Top Boy is Chevaugn Campbell of Vaz Preparatory. Catherine will be attending St Jago and Chevaugn will be attending Campion.
Campion College was the school of choice for more scholarship winners than any other school. Forty-one students on the list will attend Campion, 19 of whom are government scholars.
Schools receiving more than two scholarships included Hillel Academy, which got five, and St Catherine Prep, Vaz Prep, Stella Maris Prep, and St Richard's Primary which received three.
Other private scholarships were given by Jamaica National, Tang, Petrojam, Guardian Life, Horlicks (for PATH recipients), Gas Pro, Sagicor and Jamaica Energy Partners.