Fadia Mohammed hugs her son Kayleb Maharajh after he emerged as San Fernando TML's top SEA student. (Image: KRISTIAN DE SILVA)
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Cheers erupted from San Fernando TML Primary School this morning as the top ten SEA performers were awarded with trophies by the principal and staff.

The most outstanding pupil at the school was Kayleb Maharajh who scored 100 per cent in all subject areas except for Composition, in which he scored 19 out of 20.

Hugging his teary-eyed mother, Fadia Mohammed, Kayleb said his result was unexpected.

“I didn’t expect to top the school. I want to thank my parents, my teachers and my principal, as well as God who had the biggest part to play in all of this,” Kayleb said.

Now that results were in, the exuberant student said he was looking forward to playing video games with his friends.

Fadia said her son had been working consistently for five years.

“Words can’t describe how I feel. I know the hard work he put in. This result was long in coming. Because of the pandemic, home became school, and his outlet was really his family. My dad used to talk to him a lot and playing online with his friends,” she added.

Criminologist Dr Randy Seepersad congratulates his daughter Steffi who scored 99 per cent in the SEA exam. (Image: KRISTIAN DE SILVA)

Principal Wahida Mohammed-Narine congratulated the top students, saying it was a collaborative effort that resulted in exceptional results.

She said students were given support to deal with the pressures of the pandemic.

“We have a guidance counsellor and a special education officer attached to the school for the first time. We also have student aides. One of the things we look at is to ensure that no student is left behind. We had 51 out of 66 students passing for top schools. Our google classroom worked well and all students worked well and were very well engaged. All students did well,” Mohammed-Narine said.

Among the students receiving trophies were Aidan Boochoon, Jaylon Pedro, Maya Ramnarine, Veer Dabiesingh, Shreya Chitta, Ethan Bose, Steffi Seepersad, Saif Amin, Aditya Umraw and Ibraheem Baksh.