Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand on Wednesday launched the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) programme that will be offered at the West Demerara Secondary School in Region Three.
The Education Minister said during her remarks that it is important that this programme was brought closer to students in the region who are desirous of pursuing the programme. She said that previously, the only alternative to pursue CAPE was for students to travel the long distance to attend one of the schools in Georgetown currently offering CAPE. This she said puts a lot of strain on some families as it relates to transportation and other associated costs.
Twelve students have registered to pursue CAPE at the West Demerara Secondary School. Minister Manickchand told the students today that they have made a bold step. However, she said that the support of the Government and the Ministry of Education will not end there, but that scholarships will be available through the Government’s 20,000 Scholarships Programme so that they can pursue higher academic programmes.
She urged the students to perform with excellence. She said that the Ministry will be following their progress and offer the necessary support.