From left: DSC President Dr. Donald Peters; City & Guild Int'l Local Exam Secretary, Merrill Mathew and Rawle Leslie, Dean FAAT

Thirty percent distinction, 32 percent credit and 37 percent passes were the results brought home by students from the Faculty Applied Arts and Technology (FAAT) of the Dominica State College as they sat this year’s City and Guilds International Exams – reflecting an 85 percent overall pass rate.

Merrill Matthew, the local examinations secretary of the City and Guilds International, Dominica Center, described the achievements of this year’s batch as “impressive”.

“The students of the Dominica State College has once again performed very well,” Matthew said.

Thirty-one students took the exam and were assessed in four technical and vocational education and training qualifications. These involved a total of 16 examinations spread over a period of 10 days. The exams ran from June 1-10.

“In terms of the quality of passes that the students obtained, that again was quite impressive, because 30 percent of those passes were distinctions,” Matthew said.

He said the results endorses the quality of instruction delivered at the DSC. “These are external exams sat by people in 85 countries in the world. When I see our students perform that well, it is saying loudly to us in Dominica that we are doing a good job in terms of instruction at the DSC,” Matthew noted.

Recently appointed DSC President Dr. Donald Peters said he was proud to he associated with the institution.

“We are proud of our students. It is an indication of the quality of instruction that is being taught at this college, which I’ve always said is second to none in the region,” Dr. Peters said.

Three areas saw top performers. Lincia Bastien, Shanelle George and Kyle James brought home three distinctions each while Lean George earned two distinctions and one credit. These results are for the certificate in tropical agriculture. Only four students sat these exams resulting in a 100 percent pass rate.

The top performers for the diploma in motor vehicle systems exams were Kashal Joseph, with two distinctions and two credits and Dominic Valmond and Dyvon Vidal, each with two distinctions and one credit. This area saw 100 percent passes in two components and 64 percent and 73 percent pass respectively, in the other two components.

Kawundi Pascal earned six distinctions and one credit and Christine Rolle, the only female who sat the exams in this field, got four distinctions and two credits in the technician certificate in telecommunication systems exams. For this there was a 71 percent pass rate in one component and 38 percent pass in one.

For the technician diploma in construction there was 100 percent pass in five components and 63 percent and 75 percent pass respectively, in two components.

In sharing the reasons for their success, the students on hand pointed to long and dedicated study hours, commitment to goals and alliance with veterans in their fields of study.

Meanwhile, Dean of the FAAT Rawle Leslie, said he was pleased with this year’s results. He lauded the commitment of the lecturers on the faculty and also those of the students.