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Ministry overjoyed after Ardenne's top-ranking CAPE performance

Published:Friday | October 25, 2013 | 1:04 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Education Ministry has reacted with joy to news that Jamaican high school, Ardenne High has been named the top-performing regional school in this year’s Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exams (CAPE).

In addition to this, Ardenne High graduate Dea Thomas copped the prize for being the top CAPE student in the regional exams.

She gained grade ones in pure mathematics, applied mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, Caribbean studies, and communication studies.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites says the news has brought joy to the education sector.

He notes that the performance is in line with the progress being made in overall performance by students in regional exams.

Thwaites says the Ardenne model will have to be examined and the appropriate strategies applied across the wider education system.

Former principal of the St Andrew-based school, Esther Tyson says the news symbolises the growing academic strength of the institution.

She says the performance is an accomplishment of a system put in place several years ago to soundly educate students.

She argued that while more work is required across the education system, the performance of the school should inspire stakeholders in the education sector.

Tyson retired as principal of Ardenne in 2011.


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