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Calabar students receive assistance from Executive Motors

Published:Monday | November 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMKeisha Hill
Calabar CSEC students (seated, from left), Tafari Anderson, Alexander Allen and Roshawn Thomas have much to smile about, being among the 10 who received financial support for three of the subjects they will sit this academic year from Executive Motors. They are joined by (back row, from left) Akeem Davis, Shamore Roberts, Oshane Bond and Chevaughn Johnson.

Ten students attending Calabar High School recently received assistance from Executive Motors Limited to offset payments for their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations.

In making the presentation, Desmond Panton, CEO of Executive Motors and a Calabar old boy, told the young men that the future of Jamaica rests in their hands as well as those of the other youth in the country. "I have done this because everything, including exam fees, is very expensive today, so I am encouraging you to work hard to to accomplish your dreams. I wish you God's blessings and all the best in your exams," Panton said.

Jennifer Jarrett, guidance counsellor at the school, said the students were chosen based on their need for assistance. "Ten students who will be sitting their CSEC this academic year were chosen by the subject teachers after it was revealed that they passed all three subjects in their school exams," Jarrett said.

Executive Motors Limited paid for three subjects for each student, including information technology, a business subject and mathematics or a science subject. According to Jarrett, the young men were quite pleased with the assistance and following their examinations, a copy of their results will be provided to Mr Panton.




"The administration is quite pleased and is most appreciative of Mr Panton's gesture. It is hoped that this collaboration with him will be a worthwhile and continuous journey. It is always a pleasure for the school to receive in such a meaningful way, especially from past students," Jarrett said.

David Miller, president of the Calabar Old Boys' Association (COBA), said with limited resources all around, the association welcomes interventions from all parties that will contribute to the continued development of the institution.

"This initiative of Executive Motors will serve to further enhance our academic platform and the likelihood of our students benefiting from the present facilities. We thank them for considering Calabar in their plans and in their corporate strategy," Miller said.

According to Miller, the primary objective of COBA is the continuous development of a strong academic infrastructure for the boys. "As one of our programmes, we have, over the last three years, been reaching out to persons and entities who are able to offer scholarships to our students; and at present, the COBA facilitates at least eight scholarships of various types and forms," Miller said.