Benjamin: Poor CXC results not the end of the world

Chil­dren’s Au­thor­i­ty chair­man Hanif Ben­jamin said that al­though some stu­dents may not have done well in this year’s CAPE and CSEC ex­am­i­na­tions, it is not the end of the world.

Speak­ing on CNC3 yes­ter­day, Ben­jamin, who is com­plet­ing his PHD, said that when he wrote O’Lev­els, he on­ly at­tained two pass­es. Now, he is a clin­i­cal trau­ma­tol­o­gist who leads The Cen­tre for Hu­man De­vel­op­ment as its pres­i­dent.


“The world has not end­ed. In Trinidad and To­ba­go and cer­tain parts of the world or the Caribbean, we have made CXC the be­gin­ning and the end of it all. You think that if you don’t fin­ish CXC at this point, your world has end­ed. The gate has not closed. It means that there is a sec­ond op­por­tu­ni­ty for you to per­fect what you have been try­ing. There is no need to feel as if the world has end­ed. Yes, you may not have got the re­sults. Yes, you may have want­ed to move on­to UWI this year or wher­ev­er you want­ed to go, but here’s what, you can con­tin­ue the jour­ney,” Ben­jamin said.

He added that par­ents al­so need to un­der­stand that un­due pres­sure they place on chil­dren al­so af­fects the out­come. Ben­jamin said what may be seen as un­der­achieve­ment may sim­ply be “par for the course”. While some have not re­ceived the pass­es they de­sire, he said it sim­ply means that they un­der­stand what they need to pre­pare for to reach their goals.

“I al­ways tell peo­ple, I left CXC with two sub­jects. I’m al­most fin­ished my PHD and so it goes to show that you can pro­pel, you can, in fact, do well. You can go back and do what you need to do and there are many op­tions. As a mat­ter of fact, it gives you an op­por­tu­ni­ty to see where you may not have ex­celled and to pre­pare your­self for bet­ter years to come,” Ben­jamin said. 

- by Kevon Felmine

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