Yesterday before a packed audience of parents and well-wishers President’s College (PC) held its 28th Graduation exercise under the theme “embracing our school’s culture, holding steadfast to the spirit of excellence”. 

The lavish and well-coordinated ceremony was held on school’s tarmac and was attended by senior government functionaries including Minister of Education Dr The Hon. Nicolette Henry and Prime Minister H. E. Moses Nagamootoo Performing the duties of President and his wife Mrs Sita Nagamootoo.

His Excellency Moses Nagamootoo delivered the feature address and charged the 128 graduating students to “keep moving and aim to transcend barriers”. Reflecting on his time at school, the former teacher who hails from Whim in the ancient county of Berbice told the gathering that he trekked daily to school bare feet and that poverty cannot be an excuse for persons not to have a tangible education.
He reminded the students of the value of education and encouraged them to participate in the development of Guyana. “Give back to your country… you are the future of this nation”. Further, he reminded that the country’s future is about to be transformed with the emerging oil and gas sector and it is in this regard that he charged this year’s graduating cohorts to take advantage of the opportunities that this sector will offer.

Looking ahead, the elder Statesman posited that there will be openings of new highways and byways and that this will present numerous opportunities for the country’s youths to develop not only their country but themselves as well.
In her remarks Minister of Education, Dr The Hon. Nicolette Henry told the students that they have an exciting future ahead. “My hope is to see you grow into accomplished young adults, whose success is defined not just by grades status or wealth”.

Dr Henry said her government is committed to helping Guyanese in this journey of development and learning. “We are investing more in our schools, and at all levels”. The Education Minister said she was encouraged by the school’s performance and challenged the staff and students of PC to attain 100 per cent passes in all subject areas come 2019.

Minister Henry registered her satisfaction and noted that often times she is touched by the young people who appreciate the sacrifices of their parents and want a better career so that they can give back to their family.

Further, Dr Henry told the gathering that currently the education system has more pathways. “Our education system has significantly more, than when your parents or I were students”.
It was against this backdrop that the Education Minister urged the graduating class to make full use of this diversity of pathways, ranging from science, technology, services and arts.
The best graduating Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) student and valedictorian was awarded to Ms Zawadi Collins; the best CAPE student for 2018 was awarded to Ms Denisha Leitch. Skakuntala Sookraj was awarded the best graduating Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) student.