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Thwaites commends Buff Bay High students

Published:Wednesday | March 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM


Students at Buff Bay High School in Portland last week Friday received commendations from Education Minister Ronald Thwaites for their improved performance in international exams, and sports.

Thwaites, who visited the school with a team from his ministry, had high praises for the boys and girls at the West Portland school who continue to show improvement in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams, along with their second-place finish in the recently concluded eastern athletic championship.

"The opportunity you get here at Buff Bay High is your big chance," he said. "You have an opportunity to shape and mould your future, and there is no other way than through education. Remarkable improvement is being shown by students in technical and vocational subjects. I have to commend all the teachers for their dedication and commitment in preparing the students for exams."

Over the past three years, results in chemistry at the school have rivalled other top schools across Jamaica. Only recently, 17 students sat chemistry at CSEC, of which 13 passed. And over the past 10 years the school has realised the record passing of 45 students in English language at CSEC, while obtaining eight passes in mathematics.

Principal Nadine Molloy Young pointed out that the eight passes in mathematics at CSEC is a remarkable achievement as in previous years, the school failed to obtain a single pass in that subject area.

Thwaites also urged the students to attend school daily, and to adopt good principles which will make them into better persons in the long run.

According to Thwaites, the Jamaican society is offering its students the best educational opportunities, something that many mothers and fathers did not get during their youthful years. He also urged the students to show regard to teachers, community persons, and caregivers, who have invested in them.

The minister added: "Something special is happening at Buff Bay High, and it is quite evident in the academic performance of its students, who are also learning to grow their own garden. As students, you are on a course to prosperity which will help to alleviate poverty."