Saturday 28 November, 2020

St Lucia's CMO's twins both place in top five for Common Entrance

Twins Dominique George (left) and Ava George

Twins Dominique George (left) and Ava George

One of the busiest moms in the Caribbean since COVID-19 has two reasons to celebrate.

St Lucia's Chief Medical Officer Dr Sharon Belmar-George's twins both placed in the top 5 in St Lucia's Common Entrance Examination results for 2020.

"When I did the exam I felt a bit nervous but I tried my best and I got what I needed."

So said Dominique George, the top performer in St Lucia in this year’s Common Entrance Examination.

Dominique George

Dominique, a student of the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary, scored 98.22%, granting him a spot at the St Mary's College.

Over two thousand students wrote the Common Entrance Exam on June 29, 2020.

"When I found out I topped the island I was surprised, very surprised, shocked but overall happy," Dominique told Loop News Monday.

As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, schools across the island were closed prematurely ahead of the Easter holidays and remained closed for several months which affected learning, however, Dominique says he was not worried.

"My parents and teachers ensured that I had the education that I needed."

His twin sister, Ava George, also of the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School, came fourth on the island, registering a score of 96.11% to secure a spot at the St Joseph's Convent.

Ava George

Mother of the two students, Dr Sharon Belmar-George says she is extremely pleased with the performance of her children.

"They were both committed and hard-working and I'm so pleased they got the results they wanted... I was concerned a bit because to manage a student in class is different from online, I know they lost that opportunity for class learning due to the pandemic.

I was also concerned that I was not able to be there as much as a would have liked to in preparation for the exam but they had a good network of family support to ensure that they did not miss out."

The school's principal Mrs Ethelene Leonce expressed satisfaction with the overall performance of the over one hundred students who wrote the exam.

Principal Ethelene Leonce

"This year was a very trying year for the students and I am really, really pleased with the student's performance overall, I think the teachers did a phenomenal job under the circumstances. 

My students were very worried because they missed quite a bit of time and not all students were able to participate in the e-learning or the homeschooling; some of them did not have the devices or Internet access, so we had to be making copies and sending home, so it was a little difficult."

Dominique had a few words of encouragement to fellow students.

"To pass Common Entrance you must be determined and wanting to go that extra mile."

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