NCB Foundation hands over CSEC cheque


February 15, 2016
Contributed Belinda Williams - manager, Corporate Brand, Communications & Social Responsibility at the National Commercial Bank, is surrounded by appreciative Alpha Academy students, after her digital transfer of a bursary of $11,941,155 for high school students sitting this year's Principles Of Accounts and Principles Of Business exams.
Contributed Lena Buckle-Scott (left), deputy chief education officer, curriculum and support services in the Ministry of Education; NCB Foundation director Stuart Reid (second left); Thalia Lyn, chairman - NCB Foundation (fourth left) along with Alpha students and their principal Kali McMorris (second right), watch as Belinda Williams (third left), manager, Corporate Brand, Communications & Social Responsibility at NCB, uses the bank's online banking feature to demonstrate the payment.
Contributed Elated students of Alpha Academy and Kingston Technical High schools leave no doubt about their goals for Grade One results in this year's Caribbean Secondary Examinations Council Principles Of Accounts and Principles Of Business exams as they pose wit NCB Foundation officers.

Continuing a legacy of nation building the NCB Foundation electronically handed over more than $11 million to the Overseas Examination Council as payment for CSEC principles of accounts (POA) and principles of business (POB) examinations.

The presentation was recently held at the Alpha Academy, which has the largest number of students benefiting from the investment.

The donation marks the foundation's 12th year supplying the national bursary, which allows students with an average exceeding 70 per cent to sit CSEC POA and POB examinations free of cost. This year's subsidy will benefit 4,041 students in secondary schools islandwide.

Speaking at the ceremony to a hall filled largely with jubilant teachers and students, NCB Foundation Chairman Thalia Lyn said her organisation was driven by a passionate desire to support education. "NCB Chairman Michael Lee-Chin lives by his belief, which is: 'It is my dream that one day every Jamaican child will have the opportunity to complete tertiary education. It is my commitment to do all I can to realise that dream'. Therefore, we at NCB have caught this vision and share the aspiration of our chairman," she said.

Lyn also noted that the foundation, with the aim of activating Lee-Chin's vision, has undertaken several key initiatives across all levels of education. The Bursary for POB and POA is but one of these projects. Describing education as the catalyst for social change, she said supporting students' access to this field was an avenue for the foundation to directly impact Jamaica's development.

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