Ketley Primary School retains title as Literacy Bee champions

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Angelina Deonarine and Antwon Henry of Ketley Primary School pose with their teacher after winning the 2022 National Literacy Bee

The Ketley Primary School in Georgetown retained the title of Literacy Bee Champions today at the National Cultural Centre following their win back in 2020 at the first edition of the competition.

The school was represented by Angelina Deonarine and Antwon Henry who scored a total of 86 points in the final leg of the competition against Patentia Primary (Region Three) which was represented by Aiden George and Makayla Harding who scored 53 points and Auchlyne Primary School (Region Six) which was represented by Prunella Luke and Hannah Mahadeo who scored 43 points.

The Literacy Bee competition began last Saturday at the Queen’s College auditorium where six schools competed for a place in the semi-finals and final rounds. Ketley Primary scored the highest points during the preliminary stage and was automatically placed in the finals.

The pupils who represented their schools in the final round today

Meanwhile, Auchlyne Primary, Patentia Primary and Christianburg Primary (Region 10) which was represented by Obriana Emanuel and Wanesha Durant qualified to compete in the semi-final round. St. Cuthbert’s Primary (Region Four) and 72 Miles Primary (Region Seven) were both eliminated during the preliminary stage.

Assistant Chief Education Officer (Literacy), Ms. Samantha Williams said that the Literacy Bee is a competition designed to test learners' literacy skills at the Grade Five level. She noted that learners are encouraged to showcase their mastery of various aspects of the literacy curriculum such as spelling, reading, vocabulary, comprehension and general knowledge. These areas formed the categories under which the participants were quizzed during the competition.

Ms. Williams said that the content for the competition was drawn from the consolidated
curriculum for Grades Four and Five.

The competition received corporate sponsorship from I-Secure Security Services Inc.

All of the participants in the semi-final and final round pose for a
photograph with officials from the Ministry of Education and I-Secure Security Services
Inc.

The company’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Quincy Anderson, congratulated all the
participating schools. He commended the students for participating and their teachers
for taking the time to prepare their pupils to compete. He said that the competition will
be an annual feature and looks forward to more schools participating from across the
country.

Each learner received a certification of participation, while the 1st to 3rd place winners
received a school and individual trophy. The winning school, Ketley Primary also
received $100,000 that will be used to fund any particular project highlighted by the
school. The winners from Ketley Primary School also received two tablets from the
Ministry’s National Literacy Unit.