Several non-traditional high schools have taken matters in their own hands to highlight the work they have been quietly doing to bolster student performances in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.
The schools say this is necessary if they are to change the negative perception many persons have about their operations and to also encourage the current students to strive for excellence.
Claudeen Panton, principal of McGrath High School in St Catherine, said the publishing of students' achievements is a useful tool in shoring up confidence.
"We are on a mission to motivate our students, and one of our focuses now is to highlight those students who are doing well," Panton noted.
Panton said the 14 students published in this week's Sunday Gleaner got five or more subjects with grades one or two.
Dr O'Neil Ankle, principal of Jonathan Grant High School, also in St Catherine, said of the 316 students who sat this year's CSEC, some 168 managed to pass five or more subjects.
He said these students deserved to be highlighted.
"There is increased dedication from teachers and students. We have improved our performance and we have begun to set targets," Ankle said.
He said Jonathan Grant is now using data to set targets for teachers and students in line with the school's aim to have at least 90-95 per cent of students sitting CSEC, passing five or more subjects by 2016.
Another school that sought to highlight its top achievers was Lewisville High in St Elizabeth.
Vice-principal St Clava Williams said the school consistently gets students who average below 50 per cent in the Grade Six Achievement Test, but the school has been working to improve competence in time for the CSEC exams.
He said about 100 students from the school sat the CSEC exams; however, only 18 students were published as passing five or more subjects.