Otavia ready for next step after exam success
Otavia Smith is beaming with pride as she is on her way to her school of choice, Denbigh High School, after passing her Primary Exit Profile (PEP) exams.
She mastered both the literacy and numeracy exams and performed better than 81 per cent of all test takers on the Ability Test at Bois Content Primary School.
Otavia, who is from Bois Content, a rural community in St Catherine, has a strong passion for photography. She told THE STAR that while some of the questions were challenging, most were manageable. She also said that she is happy about her results and is excited to go to Denbigh.
"I'm so happy to be going to Denbigh because it's a good school and it's best for my ability," said Octavia. Her mother Stephanie Blair-Clarke also told THE STAR that she expected nothing but excellence from her daughter and is proud of her results.
"I feel really good, really proud. She put in the work, so I expected her to do well and I wanted her to go to her first choice," said Blair-Clarke.
Online was not easy
She also told THE STAR that her daughter's transition from face-to-face learning to online was not easy. This is because she lost her job due to the COVID-19 pandemic and was unable to provide the necessary devices for virtual learning. Fortunately, Otavia was gifted a tablet through the education ministry's 'One Laptop or Tablet Per Child' programme.
"In the beginning, it was really rough because they had to be sharing devices to go to school, but then thanks to the Government she got a tablet which made it a little bit easier," said Blair-Clarke. Otavia's father Otis Smith could not hold back his excitement.
"Mi feel proud, a feel glad, I'm happy for her. Mi just want her to continue to do good and keep making us proud," he said.