I commend the administration, staff, parents, and students of Saraswati Vidya Niketan (SVN) for the school’s extraordinary performance at CXC and CAPE 2022. One of the school’s students led in CAPE. All of the students extraordinary achievements are worthy of celebrations. Their success is really remarkable. I wish to most heartily congratulate lead educator (Principal) Swami Aksharananda and everyone else responsible for the school’s grand success. The achievements highlight professionalism, commitment and hard work of the leader, teachers and students. And commendations are in order.
For years on, students at SVN impress with their commitment, drive and ambition to be successful. I and those of us who in whatever way provide support and encouragement are proud of the Class of 2022 of SVN and all others who did their best.
As an educator, who taught for forty years at various levels, I always felt that outstanding performance should be recognized, and I am pleased that the Ministry of Education and CXC and CAPE have recognized the achievements of the school and the students in particular.
I am delighted that the school has been recognised nationally and regionally for exceptional 2022 performance and for leading in CAPE. The data analysis reveals that SVN is among the top 2% of schools at CXC and CAPE.
I am also pleased to see the Minister of Education Priya Manickchand attending one of the school’s program for the first time as noted in Swami-ji’s welcoming remarks on Friday March 10. In her address, she saluted the principal, Swami-ji, and highlighted its high-achievements. She recognizes and shares in the success of students and educators. I am deeply heartened that the Ministry of Education has recognised the accomplishments of our young people of the West Coast community. The Ministry and parents of the students have every reason to be proud of their sterling performance. A prolonged round of congratulations is especially due to all of them.
The school has not been the beneficiary of government’s assistance although it has been serving an under-served and neglected community. Members of the diaspora have been very supportive of the school though financial goals have not always been achieved. Raising funds has been very challenging. It can do well with more assistance. I and countless others visited the school countless time over the last couple decades, contributing in whatever way we could to help students materially and financially. Others from the diaspora did same. And in New York, I and members of the diaspora assisted in whatever we could financially through fundraising efforts. I commend those who took the initiative to organize fundraising activities for SVN and who donated to help the school educate youngsters. And once again, I laud the school’s leadership for achievements.