‘This was my dream’- Anna Regina ‘top boy’ wanted to be most outstanding CSEC student


By Lazeena Yearwood


Almost three years after Anna Regina Multilateral School (ARMS) was named the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) School of the year, Outam Heeralall was determined to reclaim the title for the school.

And that he did. Heeralall secured 25 Grade One passes which earned him the title of overall most outstanding performer and most outstanding student in Technical Vocational Education.

Speaking with the press on Thursday following the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) 2022 awards ceremony, Heeralall said he worked hard.

L-R: CSEC top student, Uotam Heeralall with Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand and his parents (Photo: Ministry of Education/February 9, 2023)

“This has been one of my dreams. I actually dreamt of this…when Anna Regina secondary topped the Caribbean in 2019, that is what motivated me to be here tonight. To work to be here and finally I am here,” Heeralall disclosed.

The young man encouraged his peers and future candidates to figure out what they like and pursue those dreams.

“Be yourself and most importantly be motivated. I always preach this. Once you believe, you can achieve it,” he said.

The Headteacher of the Anna Regina Multilateral School, Lalljeet Ruplall received the award for Top CSEC School of the year. To further recognise the achievement, a celebratory ceremony will be held on Friday at the school.

The Anna Regina Multilateral School has over the years proven to be as capable of producing well-rounded high flyers as any Georgetown school.

Meanwhile, some of the other awards that Guyana copped at the CSEC level were earned by Queen’s College students, Sheridan Dyal and Saskia Twahir.

The awardees with Education Minister Priya Manickchand. From left: Sheridan Dyal, Uotam Heeralall, Minister Manickchand, Atishta Seenarine and Saskia Twahir (Photo: Ministry of Education/February 9, 2023)

Dyal was the most outstanding student in the Sciences; she secured 18 Grade One passes.

“I’m glad that all the effort that I put in the last five years has turned out to be very fruitful,” she said.

Dyal is currently pursuing her CAPE studies at her alma mater and intends to attend a university afterwards. She encouraged future candidates to stay focused and partake in study groups.

And, Twahir was recognised for her outstanding performance in Humanities and Business; she acquired 24 Grade Ones and three Grade Twos.

“It’s very humbling,” she said.

“Take everything in stride. Pace yourself and ensure that that you prioritise your mental health and give it your best shot,” she advised.

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