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PATH achievers make ministry proud

Published:Thursday | April 15, 2010 | 12:00 AM
Minister of Labour and Social Security Pearnel Charles congratulates young Rockkeino Salmon of Rousseau Primary School in St Andrew for being the Top GSAT Scholar (Boy) under PATH (Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education) for 2009, at the awards function at the Terra Nova Hotel, Kingston on Tuesday (April 13). At centre is Minister of State in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Andrew Gallimore.

Minister of Labour and Social Security, the Hon Pearnel Charles, says that the excellent record of students who are being supported by the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH), showed that the programme was reaching the most vulnerable groups in the society.

Charles said that since February, 2010, the total number of registered student beneficiaries stood at 201,414, compared to 175,000 for the same period last year, and that over the last two years, the Government had invested in the educational needs of 320,000 students, at a cost of approximately $350 million, resulting in increased school attendance and improvement in immunisation rates.

Charles was giving the main address at the 2010 Top Achievers Awards for students who have benefited from PATH at the Terra Nova Hotel on Tuesday.

Approximately 30 students received cash awards of between $8,000 and $20,000, trophies and plaques, to celebrate very outstanding performances in both the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and Caribbean Secondary Education Council (CSEC) examinations.

Awards were presented for both 2008 and 2009.

There was a total of 12 GSAT awardees, comprising students who had attained 90 plus averages in the examination.

Top school 2009

Aabuthnott Gallimore High School, St Ann, where more than half of the school population is on PATH, was chosen top school of 2009 and the Mile Gully Health Centre, Manchester, top health centre for 2009.

For 2008, St George's Girls and Infant School in downtown Kingston, where 70 of the 200 students are on PATH, and Great Valley Health Centre, Hanover, were chosen top school and top health centre, respectively.

Charles noted that PATH had received $1.4 billion in the 2010/11 Budget and said the ministry would continue to strengthen its partnership with the beneficiaries.

Top achievers for 2009

Brown, Montego Bay High School

Ken O'Connor, Ferncourt High, St Ann.

scholars for 2009

Sashelle Riley, Montego Bay High,

Green, Tichfield High, Portland.

Top achievers for 2008

Wallace, Manchester High

Burchell Gordon, Ardenne High, St

Top scholars for 2008

Monique Grayson,
Montego Bay High

Krishna Barrett, Cornwall College, St James

GSAT girl, 2009

Whitney Baker of Siloah Primary, St Elizabeth

GSAT boy, 2009

Raju Gunnings of Unity Primary, Westmoreland

GSAT girl, 2008

Sho-Ann Waul of Mannings Hill Primary, St

Top GSAT boy, 2008

Salmon of Rousseau Primary in Kingston

Top achiever
prizes went to students who, in the estimation of the judging panel and
based on nominations from the schools, best exemplified scholastic
excellence, high levels of school involvement, involvement in sport or
extra-curricular activities and high standards of behaviour and