by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Federation of St.Kitts and Nevis continues to make its mark in between and amongst larger countries in the region, producing successful academic results.
Law lecturer at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College, Mr. Azard Gumbs, beamed with pride at his students’ success in the highly competitive and important Caribbean examinations.
Gumbs, in dialogue with a WINN FM reporter on Tuesday night, December 06, disclosed that three of his students returned top ten positions for Law Unit 2 in the 2022 sitting of the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). Hailey Morris placed 4th whilst Kianja Pole and Karyl Woods tied for 8th position.
According to the Law lecturer, this is not the first time that any of his students have made it to a top ten position in CAPE Law; but this is the first time multiple students have made it. He recalled the year 2018 when a former student Juwanna Caines placed 2nd in the region for CAPE Law Unit 2, and in 2021 Dariela Warner placed 2nd for CAPE Law Unit 1. Gumbs is optimistic that the trend will continue for years to come as he continues to find new and attractive methods to foster students’ learning.
Gumbs said, “It’s a proud moment, and I am hoping that the success continues. I am hoping that we continue to make St. Kitts and Nevis proud and to ensure that, no matter what, across the region, regardless of our size, we prove that we are just as good as the other countries.”
Gumbs added, “I think when one looks at the probability of actually making it to the top 10 in the region, the chances are slim; because you are competing against thousands of students from hundreds of schools, and to know the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College had three spots in the top 10 in the region, that is commendable; and to know that these students are my students, I am overwhelmed. I am filled with joy, and I am looking forward to this year to ensure that the students do equally as well in the June 2023 examination,” Gumbs stated.”
Despite not having an easy journey through studies, the students persevered and therefore used the opportunity to express gratitude to all who partnered in their success.
Hailey Morris, daughter of Chief Education Officer – Mr. Francil Morris, said the result caught her by surprise.
“I am very happy that I was able to place 4th in the region for CAPE Law Unit 2. It honestly came as a surprise, and I would like to thank Mr. Gumbs and all my fellow Law peers. Also, I would like to thank my parents for their unwavering support and finally, [I] give thanks to good for this great achievement,” said Hailey.
In giving feedback, Karyl Woods said Mr. Gumbs believed in her success even before she was enrolled in his class.
0:02 “I would just like to say thank you to everyone who helped and supported me. To God, to Pastor Connor and the Members of the Antioch Baptist Church, to my parents- Dwight and Sherry Woods, to the Washington Archibald High School, to CFBC and the Ross University staff and of course, to my family members and friends, thank you. Thanks especially to Mr. Gumbs for believing in my success even before I registered for his class. I enjoyed studying for the exam, and I am reminding everyone that you can truly do anything through Christ who strengthens you.”
Kianja Pole, who also placed 8th regionally, said it was a blessing and an honour to place in the top 10 regionally.
“Being able to place on a regional list for Law Unit 3 is indeed a blessing and an honour. I am extremely grateful for this achievement and I would just like to give thanks to God for giving me the strength to persevere in the course and thanks to Mr. Gumbs for working with us for the past two years.”
Meanwhile, from the sister isle-Nevis, one student, Shoba Subramani, from the Nevis Sixth form College, was also listed amongst the top 10 students in the region for CAPE Law Unit 2, placing 6th in the region. Subramani was lectured by Mr. De-jono Liburd, a recent graduate of the Norman Manley Law School.
Of all the countries in the region that hosts Law exams from the Caribbean Examination Council, St.Kitts and Nevis was fortunate this year to have the most candidates listed in the Top 10 of CAPE LAW Unit 2. The results show that Anguilla and Barbados each received one candidate in the Top 10, while Jamaica and Guyana each received two.