Thursday 23 May, 2019

TANG awards scholarships to three top GSAT math performers

Simone McFarlane (centre), Brand Manager for TANG talk to scholarship awardees,  (left to right) Tai Grant, Black River Primary & Junior High; Khadedra John, South Borough Primary; Vittania Bedward, Mico Prastising Primary & Junior High and Dorrett Campbell, Deputy Chief Education Officer for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI) about the importance of mathematics at the 2018 Tang GSAT Awards Luncheon.

Simone McFarlane (centre), Brand Manager for TANG talk to scholarship awardees, (left to right) Tai Grant, Black River Primary & Junior High; Khadedra John, South Borough Primary; Vittania Bedward, Mico Prastising Primary & Junior High and Dorrett Campbell, Deputy Chief Education Officer for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI) about the importance of mathematics at the 2018 Tang GSAT Awards Luncheon.

The TANG brand, distributed by Facey Commodity Company Limited on Thursday awarded scholarships to three outstanding students who excelled in the 2018 Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT).

TANG presented the scholarships worth $50,000 each to the students at a special awards luncheon at the Hotel Four Seasons in Kingston.

This is the seventh consecutive year of the TANG GSAT Scholarships with the main criteria being that students must score 100 per cent in math, and also excel in the other subject areas.

The three awardees are Vittania Bedward, Khadedra John and Tai Grant. Vitannia Bedward and Khadedra John will be attending the Immaculate Conception High, while Tai Grant will attend Munro College. 

“TANG is all about innovation and growth and that’s what we want to see in the education system. Our youngsters are our future and we believe that every investment we make in them today will reap huge benefits tomorrow’, said Shellian Thompson, Brand Manager for TANG. “We will have less young people involved in crime and non-productive activities if we find ways to encourage them and to show that we believe in them”.

Thompon stated that “TANG wants to help the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to remove the stigma and fear often associated with math by providing incentives to our students to shine in the subject.”

She noted that if Jamaica if to achieve our full potential, we must invest in mathematics like India, Singapore, China, South Korea, Japan and other countries known for their stellar record in the subject.

Tamika Benjamin, National Mathematics Coordinator for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information lauded the awardees and highlighted the need for excellence in math.

 “We agree that mathematics is very important and we at the Ministry have been championing the mission. Mathematics is the way forward and its importance to the country’s development cannot be underestimated,” said Benjamin.

Since 2012, TANG has awarded 21 scholarships to students from the three counties to assist in the funding of their secondary education.

Guest Speaker, Dorrett Campbell, Deputy Chief Education Officer for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information agreed that the financial assistance was a welcome initiative.

“We have so many students that have done very well and there are so little bursaries and scholarships that whenever another private entity or non-governmental organization steps in with something to offer, we really are thankful. There are so many deserving students that have worked their hearts outs, yet we only have a handful of scholarships”, said Campbell.

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