1. Angie Mark, housewife and grandmother
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Lakshmi Girls the best
Lakshmi Girls Hindu College now holds the record for winning the President’s Medal three years in a row. I congratulate the school, the principal and teachers, the students, parent-teacher body and most of all, young Veshala Goon. It is no ordinary feat to cop the Medal, not one, not two, but three years consecutively.
Full praise also to Saanjali Maharaj of St Augustine Girls High School, who also won the President’s Medal. Last but not least, I congratulate all scholarship winners and the schools from which they came. To all these young leaders I say keep up the good work! To all secondary schools I say strive for excellence.
Since October 27, 2017, when the President’s Medal awardees and lists of scholarships were announced, main stream media have not done justice to the achievements of these children. It would be remiss of me if I didn’t say that mainstream media did not sufficiently highlight the achievement of Lakshmi Girls Hindu College achieving the top award three years in a row.
Instead, I have seen the front page headlines being captured by other secondary schools for other achievements and misbehaviour and illegal use of audio and video devices in the classroom. Before the media quote me wrongly, as they frequently tend to do, I categorically congratulate any and all schools for their students’ achievements in education. I do not hold any adverse views in relation to any school and its students performing well. What I have a problem with is the mainstream media not giving sufficient credit where it is due. This is a form of discrimination which I am duty bound to point out.
Lakshmi Girls Hindu College was traditionally referred to as the “see through” school. This was simply because it was starved of much-needed resources and had to house children in an architecturally inferior building. The school lacked resources! Rather than marry away the Hindu girl students as “child brides”, the SDMS poured an immense amount of self-sacrifice into making the schools better for these young ladies.
Some of the best intellects (having vision) and noblest hearts devoted themselves to the work of the school at various levels. I boldly said then to the rest of the country that that school would one day top the rest of the schools. It has now done so and I look forward to hearing of many more achievements from that school. If the mainstream media and any other detractors think that they can hide this achievement then they should know that they are very wrong. Further, I will make another bold statement via this article.
Not too far in the future, I am certain that achieving the President’s Medal will become an annual affair amongst the Sanatan Dharma Maha Sabha Secondary schools. It is only a matter of time. When the dust of my bones has returned to the elements, I am even more certain that people will rise to champion the cause of the SDMS schools (whose core value is to invest in children’s education) should mainstream media continue with its discriminatory coverage.
After publication of this article, I expect a heightened, vicious and defective public education to grasp our society. Instead of leading young children to the threshold of their own minds so that they may ponder alone in their individual knowledge of God and of the earth, we can expect the Ministry of Education to encourage and reward school children for singing about “child brides”in the most obscene manner.
Even worse, some ill-acquired wannabe calypsonian may be rewarded by the government of the day for scrappy, uncouth, nonsensical and unideal lyrics. Common sense will tell you that this behaviour is utterly unsuited to our development as a people.
Notwithstanding, I choose to conclude on a positive note. I express heartiest congratulations again to all schools, students, teachers, parents and ministry officials who aimed to excel.
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