Nadisha Hunter, Staff Reporter
Immaculate High student cops 15 ones in CSEC exams
Tchakamau Ra, 16, was by no means surprised by her superb performance in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations after gaining 16 subjects, 15 with grade one.
For her, it was only reward for the hard work and dedication she had displayed while she was preparing for the examinations.
Tchakamau sat 10 subjects at Immaculate High School, where she attended and was home schooled by her mother, Kamau Mahakoe, and father, senior lecturer at Edna Manly College for the Visual and performing Arts, Omari Ra, for the other six subjects.
Tchakamau was also home schooled, up to high school at which time her mother, Mahakoe, set a rigid study timetable for her.
"It felt amazing when I saw the results. I was, like, 'all right, cool. I made it, I absolutely made it'," she said.
Even though she had to juggle classes back and forth from school to home, Tchakamau said it was not a strenuous task for her.
"The first term of the school year, all I was doing was classes at school, but then further on when I got the textbooks at home, I started doing classes with my mother and that wasn't really stressful. But when exam started, that was a little hectic because I had them back-to-back and I had a lot of books to read. But it was not really a problem. I managed my time well," she explained.
Tchakamau got ones in history, geography, French, social studies, Spanish, mathematics, additional mathematics, English language, English literature, chemistry, biology, physics, human and social biology, information technology and office administration. She got a two in principles of business.
She said it wasn't difficult for her to achieve, having been an A student in school where she made the honour role for four years.
Tchakamau is heading to sixth form, after which she is hoping to go on to university to further her studies.
"I want to become an astronaut and marine biologist mainly, but I also want to explore the world looking for wildlife and categorising them. I want to write books. I also want to make and sell artwork and then, whenever I am finished learning all that I want to learn, I am going to teach it to the next generation," she said.
Despite her busy study schedule, Tchakamau makes lots of time to have fun. She enjoys surfing the Internet, reading, doing artwork and watching television. She also practises karate and was highly involved in extra curricular activities at her school.
Her mother said she expected good results as her daughter has been doing well over the years.
"She was very focused, a very brilliant person. She is a strategist and she is obedient, but then she is also very opinionated. She loves to debate which is good because you want to encourage that," she said.
She added that she was happy her daughter's hard work paid off.
"I buy all the books that I can get that are related to the subject because I wanted her to be well-rounded and I knew she would have done well. It is a wonderful feeling when you see that you set a goal and you work steadily and passionately towards it and you see the fruits of it. It is very rewarding," the proud mother added.