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Congrats to our 12-year-old geniuses

Thursday, August 23, 2018

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Dear Editor,

The five of us, retired professionals, claim ownership of a 12-year-old grandson who just passed six subjects in the recent CSEC exams.

He's the cool as cucumber type and went into the exams without ruffle. He didn't even feel like sitting the Mathematics. The young man, still trying to repel the adult congratulatory hugs and kisses, got a distinction in biology, credits in EDPM, English language, integrated science, social studies and a pass in mathematics, which he sat with little enthusiasm.

The gentle genius attends Deokoro Magnet School for gifted children, where Dr Vivienne Deokoro and her staff prepared him for the CSEC exams in less than two years. He will go to sixth form in September and prepare for CAPE.

The Deokoro Magnet School has been enabling children of this age and 'brain' group to sit and pass CSEC exams.

Over the years, families that home-school their children have been entering them for exams. In the 1940s, educator Randolph Fitz-Henley entered his children for the Cambridge and London GCE and Commercial exams. Trevor and Alicia Fitz-Henley of St Ann's Bay homeschooled and entered their children for CSEC exams. By age 12, six of their children passed 10 and more CSEC subjects with distinctions.

Then there's the Grange Hill, Trelawny school, Jabneh Christian Academy, managed by Natasha and Kirk Campbell. Over the years, the academy has had good CSEC passes among its young exam entrants. Josiah Rainford, with subjects at 12, is now a first year college student.

Congratulations to all the 12-year-old children who passed qualifying subjects in last year's CSEC exams. Laurels go to the quiet, gentle genius of Deokoro Magnet School for gifted children who passed six subjects at his first sitting. He and the others confirm that good things are in store for our island.

Veronica Blake Carnegie

veronica_carnegie cwjamaica.com

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