The top performer in this year’s Common Entrance Examination, Gian-Paul Baker and his mother, Nicole Bonadie-Baker. (IWN photo)

The government has defended the top performer in this year’s Common Entrance Examination (CEE) amidst accusations that education officials leaked the test to him.

Gian-Paul Baker, son of Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Nicole Bonadie-Baker, topped this year’s exam with an average of 95.16.

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And, Minister of Education, Girlyn Miguel, told Parliament on Tuesday that as the results were announced last month, “some untoward remarks were made and it was very painful for us in the Ministry of Education”.

She read in Parliament the performance record of each of the top 10 performers in this year’s exam.

Baker’s grades, from Grade 1 to 6 were 95.6, 91.4, 97.5, 93.8, 92.1, and 94.2, respectively. He scored 95.16 in the CEE.

“There has been consistency. Mr. Speaker, it really hurt our hearts to know that people would make untoward remarks, but we have our recordings and we are going to continue to do this,” the Education Minister told Parliament as she congratulated the students, adding, “Hard work brings success.”

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves also addressed the issue, saying, rather than celebrating Baker’s achievement, critics “started to say that she gave him the exams papers to look at before and they prepare it.

“We have to stop this kind of thing. People would not want to get involved and do things and rise. Why do we try to pull down one another like this without any reason? This is a child,” the Prime Minister said.

He said that in 2012 the accusation was made that he ordered the result changed because someone was coming first whose parents he didn’t like.

Gonsalves said these are “complete imaginings” and that he gets the results before they are published as a matter of courtesy.

“They are just given to me in a thick envelope. I don’t even look at them until after they are published. I then begin to do detailed analysis of them every single year.

“Why do people have to assume malevolence in all of these things? We must stop it. We are growing up and we are maturing as a country and some people must stop that kind of a thing,” he said, adding, “Unfortunately, there are intelligent people who would believe these sorts of things.

“It is just not right. So I want to express my solidarity with Nicole Bonadie-Baker, and, of course, to congratulate her son and to say that God is good. You have strength. God is good,” Gonsalves told Parliament.

3 replies on “Gov’t defends top performer in Common Entrance”

  1. canute campbell says:

    People are only commenting due to past practice. From what I can see, that student is indeed a genius so people should stop lableing him a cheat. From his past record, it shows that he earned his credit……..I can mentioned instances where this kind of cheating had taken place in the past, but it is best to let bygones be bygones……..If you don’t believe me, check back on the educational records for scholarship and entrance records all the way to 1958 and after.

  2. TeacherFang says:

    Ok who are the miscreants making these accusations? Unless these people are public figures and have made their complaints to the necessary authority, why is the Government elevating these “hear-says” to national prominence? Disclose the names or associations of those who are making such accusation and let them defend their position, otherwise, stop with the nonsense. Give the kid his due respect and move on.

    Congrats to Gian-Paul and best wishes for the future.

  3. In life there will always be haters who feel the need to rain on everyone’s parade. Congrats to Mr. Gian-Paul Baker and his family on his outstanding work throughout his primary school years and hopes that his hard work follows over to his Secondary level in his education.

    To all those grown people who feel the need to disrespect a child of our nation on the grounds of his hard work I must say shame on you all. It’s this type of behavior that lends to the brain drain in SVG, It is just sickening to see the attack on a child’s hard work no-less.

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