Former SIT student harvests prizes as 114 graduate


Rachel Ernesta receiving the President’s Cup from Vice-President Faure

Miss Ernesta was the best performer in that course. She also got the City and Guild’s Shield and came up on top among the diploma courses candidates.

James Marguerite was best performer among certificate course candidates in the apprenticeship mode of learning while plumber Carlos Labiche emerged at the top among other certificate course followers.

Malick Dias was best certificate course performer in electrical installation course, Leroy Jean in painting and decoration, Egbert Payet in plumbing, Jeremie Mein in refrigeration and air-conditioning and James Marguerite in apprenticeship mode of training.

Among the new diploma holders, best performers were Miss Ernesta, Archille Barrack who graduated in mechanical and electrical engineering, Laurent Low in motor vehicle engineering and Randolph Accouche in telecommunications systems engineering.

Vice-President Danny Faure presented Miss Ernesta with the President’s Cup as other distinguished guests gave awards to the other best performers and also presented them with their certificates.

Among the other guests were ministers, leader of the opposition in the National Assembly David Pierre, members of the assembly, top government officials, sponsors and parents of the graduates.

SIT director Jean Rassool told Nation it is true the performance is a bit lower than in previous years, but discounted shortage of teachers as the main reason for the overall poorer results, noting under the very same conditions, many of the candidates got distinctions in the courses they took.

Recipients of best performer awards in a souvenir photograph with Vice-President Faure and other guests

He said some were not present for graduation because they failed a paper or two, but will have the chance to resit soon and therefore graduate within a few months if they pass their resits.

He also said some of the courses now have more modules, “and the higher the number of exams the bigger the chances of failing a paper or two”.

“Noticeably fewer students will graduate this year compared to previous years because with the introduction of several advanced certificate courses as of last year, students who have performed well were promoted to the second year of their course,” he said in his speech.

“The performances of the graduates were not the best but the results were to our expectations. There were improvements in some modules of the courses reflecting the abilities and determination of some students and the strength of our specialist staff.”

He said 94 students graduated from the certificate level courses.
“The success rate of students on these competency based programmes was 69%.
“The SIT will continue to provide the opportunity for the 28 students (who failed) to repeat the modules necessary to qualify for their certificates.

“The overall success rate on the City & Guilds technician diploma courses was lower than the previous years but statistically more distinction grades were awarded by City & Guilds for some modules of the courses. 20 of the 70 students on the diploma courses have been successful in the required number of modules to be awarded their City & Guilds international diploma.  Others will have to resit one or two papers to qualify for their diploma.”

He said the SIT is in the process of validating its courses to give the certificates awarded yesterday more recognition.

“A lecturer not only has to prepare and deliver his training sessions but also has to develop and review courses to meet set standards. An ongoing challenge for the institution has been to secure quality lecturers for the delivery and development of the courses. This is essential if the institution is to better meet the training needs of our school leavers and the needs of the building construction and engineering industry. 

“The SIT is committed to guide students to appropriate courses for a prospective career. Potential school leavers should seriously consider any of the building trades as there are attractive opportunities for work to generate wealth,” he said.


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