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Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education Marcus Edward on Thursday applauded Keyshawn Alphonse of Soufriere Primary School for her outstanding achievement in this year’s OECS Courts Reading competition.
“The Ministry of Education is extremely delighted and excited as a matter of fact upon receiving the news of young Keyshawan Alphonse who was declared the winner of the 8th OECS Courts Reading competition… To go into the territory of the reigning champion (St. Kitts) and to defeat the representative and other participants from the other OECS territories, is a tremendous achievement,” Edward said.
The education official also dished out praises to teachers of the Soufriere Primary School, Alphonse’s parents, the education officer in District 8, curriculum officers and language specialists.
These individuals, Edward said, have collectively helped to ensure that students level of reading proficiency develop over the years.
“We see this as some evidence of improvement in our reading programmes at schools, which we have seen undergone some reform. Now we talk a lot about a language bloc, in which the language is taught in an integrated manner with a listening, speaking, writing components.”
Courts Unicomer was also praised for recognizing the need to nurture talent in this area and was encouraged to continue.
The competition which was held on November 16, 2016 in St. Kitts saw national champions from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines competing for an additional $5,000 cash for themselves and $5,000 cash for their school.
Alphonse had won the local leg of the competition and went on to represent St. Lucia, capturing the coveted title of “Courts OECS Reading Champion 2016.”