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TCI Hospital and The Math Lab Partners on STEM Education



#TurksandCaicos, June 6, 2022 – Children are naturally curious and providing opportunities to develop that curiosity and other skills are an integral part of educational programs today. InterHealth Canada Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of scientists, technologists, doctors, nurses, and engineers with programs that provide hands-on experience.

Through its STEM for SUCCESS Foundation, the TCI Math Lab has focused on critical areas—science, technology, engineering, and math; an essential way to engage students in fun and meaningful ways while helping them develop 21st Century Skills. The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital aims to assist in bolstering stem education by providing real-world applications and exploring how the sciences can lead to many areas in health and medicine.

On Monday, May 30th, 2022, at the STEM for SUCCESS Foundation’s 1st Annual Science Expo, TCI Hospital’s Emergency Medicine Specialist Dr Devon Grant spoke to over forty youngsters on the importance of healthy choices to protect the heart and along with Dr Raven Saunders, Dr Eric Griggs of New Orleans and Dr Alexis Missick demonstrated and presented on the various heart functions, phlebotomy and administering medication and nutrients directly into veins.

Also in attendance were Mrs Romaine Missick-Smith, CEO of the Health Regulatory Authority and Dr Denise Braithwaite- Tennant, CEO  of InterHealth Canada Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital, who brought remarks and participated in the skills stations.

“Our goal has always been to mentor and foster youngsters interested in a future career in medicine. We have displayed this through our Ready and Clinical Observation programmes. It is a pleasure to sponsor this important foundation, and we look forward to future events. I congratulate Mr LeKensay Missick, founder of The Math Lab and President of STEM for SUCCESS Foundation, for hosting its 1st Annual Science Expo and the event’s success,” said CEO Dr Denise Braithwaite- Tennant.

She added, “We are committed to STEM education for all, to empower students to envision themselves as future scientists, innovators, and trailblazers in health and Medicine. We believe we can make a difference in their lives today so that they can make a difference in the lives of others tomorrow”.

“Our organisation is committed to educating and exposing our students to the world of STEM, and this program, like all others, aims to do just that. We believe that it is important for our students, especially those in underserved communities, to have the opportunity to access programs that can tremendously change the trajectory of their lives. We believe that we can be very successful in accomplishing our mission of increasing educational outcomes, college readiness, and employability skills in our youth”, said LeKensay Missick, founder of The Math Lab, and President of STEM for SUCCESS Foundation.

Through the STEM for SUCCESS Foundation, The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital will be providing 30 students with CPR training on both Grand Turk and Providenciales.


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The Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) Results



#TurksandCaicos, June 28, 2022 – The Ministry of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Services extends sincere congratulations to all primary school students from both Government and Private primary school who were successful in the 2022 Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA).  The Ministry encourages all the students  to continue doing their best to achieve academic and personal excellence as they transition to high school.The Minister of Education, the Honourable Rachel Marshall Taylor stated, “I am immensely proud of the performance of our children in the recent sitting of the CPEA.  I congratulate each of you because, despite the challenges we faced during the last two years, you’ve done well.  We are creating an environment to enable your success. You must be willing to work hard if it is your desire to be successful.  I wish you well in your journey through  high school.”

The Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment was administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), to students completing Grade 6 throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands on May 12 and 13, 2022.

A total of four hundred and sixty (460) candidates were entered for the assessment in Language, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. Of the 460 candidates; Fifteen (15) withdrew and eighteen (18) candidates were absent during the administration of the assessment. Therefore, four hundred and twenty-seven (427) students were assessed.

The assessment scores represent a combination of the internal (School-Based Assessment) assessment and the external assessment which consisted of multiple-choice items assessing literacies in the four subject areas. Each paper carried a maximum of 75 marks for an overall total of 300 marks. The internal assessment carried a total of 200 marks.

Based on the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment scoring, the following results are reported:

–         Developing Competence: 0-40%

–         Competent: 41-80%

–         Advanced Competence: 81-100%

For country-specific purposes the scoring has been modified as follows:

–         Developing Competence: 0-40%

–         Near Competence: 41-60%

–         Competent: 61-80%

–         Advanced Competence: 81-100%

Of the four hundred and twenty-seven (427) candidates who were assessed, twenty-six (26) or 6.08% are developing competence; one hundred and seventy-five (175) or 40.98% are near competence; two hundred and one (201) or 47.07% are competent, and twenty-five (25) or 5.85% demonstrated advanced competence.

Fifty-four percent (52.92%) of the candidates who sat the assessment scored grades in the range 61-100% demonstrating Competence or Advanced Competence in the literacies that students should acquire on completing primary school.  When the candidates who demonstrated Near Competence are added, the overall pass rate for the country is 93.9% representing 401 candidates

While the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant move to virtual teaching and learning have no doubt impacted the candidates, the performance of the cohort is commendable.

Analysis by School

Sixteen primary schools (9 public and 7 private) entered candidates for the CPEA . Nine (9) schools have candidates who demonstrated Near Competence, Competence or Advanced Competence. Eleven of the sixteen schools have one or more candidates who demonstrated Advanced Competence.

A’Navia Mantock of the Ona Glinton Primary School and Vivian Parker of the Provo Christian School have both demonstrated Advanced Competence scoring 450 marks out of the possible 500 marks.

Below is The CPEA Results – Order of Merit by School – Rank by Score


Score             Percent

Eliza Simons Primary School

Johanna Jean                                               401                 80.2

Adeena Gilbert                                            399                 79.8

Kaymia Jacques                                           399                 79.8

Ona Glinton Primary School  

A’navia Mantock                                        450                 90.0

Mavarii Selver                                             428                 85.6

Gabrille Stern                                              427                 85.4

Faith Preparatory

Matthew Ramjeawan                               415                 83.0

Kendruy Sanchez                                       398                 79.6

Kennedy Batchelor                                   350                 70.0

Iris Stubbs Primary School

Terrance Mitchell                                       422                 84.4

Keyasia Lightbourne                                  382                 76.4

Theana Joseph                                            378                 75.6

Adelaide Omeler Primay Schoool

Mathline Belony                                         394                 78.8

Sharwinna St. Elroy                                   363                 72.6

Tyerah James                                               359                 71.8

Charles Hubert James Primary School

Danae Hernandez                                      433                 86.6

Mirsendy Obei                                            353                 70.6

Tykeem Gardiner                                       324                 64.8

Doris Robinson Primary School

Alexavier Forbes                                         337                 67.4

Enid Capron Primary School

Akayla Seecharau                                       422                 84.4

Carlisha Pierre                                             376                 75.2

Taisha Louis                                                 369                 73.8

Ianthe Pratt Primary School

Sarah Forbes                                               432                 86.4

Eshton Cherizard                                        398                 79.6

Nehemie Fenelus                                       396                 79.2

Oseta Jolly Primary School

Conroy Whittaker                                      397                 79.4

Daewayna Hall                                            392                 78.4

Janeli Gustave                                             382                 76.4

B.E.S.T. Institute

Antwan Ford                                               442                 88.4

Davia Stubbs                                               437                 87.4

Osshonn Saintil                                           428                 85.6

Community Christian Academy

Kalean Seymour                                         416                 83.2

Charles-Michael Forbes                            402                 80.4

Ojed’harlie Jolissaint                                 370                 74.0

Elite School

Murian Georgeson                                     368                 73.6

Edrina Louis-Giles                                       354                 70.8

David Lorestil                                               347                 69.4

Provo Christian School

Vivian Parker                                               450                 90.0

Mickayla Daniel                                          434                 86.8

Roniel Diaz                                                   411                 82.2

Richmond Hill Preparatory

David Forbes                                               425                 85.0

Felisha Lafleur                                             413                 82.6

Nataliyah Musgrove                                  402                 80.4

Shining Stars Preparatory

Johathan Blythe                                          439                 87.8

Rhon-Anjae Champagne                          438                 87.6

Jireh Walkin                                                 421                 84.2

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TCI Agriculture launches Plant Clinic



By Dana Malcolm

Staff Writer


#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – These days anything can be online, even a plant clinic! The Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Agriculture wants to help budding and experienced farmers with any plant issues they may have and their new Online Plant Clinic is their solution to help as many Islanders as possible.

Launched on Thursday, June 16 the clinic will operate through Facebook. Individuals with sick plants or pest issues will be required to take a photo of the issue and upload that photo to the department of Agriculture’s Facebook page.

Answers to issues will be given once a month, on every third Thursday, via a public video so all Islanders can have access. The launch was attended by Chief Plant Protection Officer-CPPO Roneta Huntley Thomas, Director of Agriculture Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh, Minister of Agriculture Josephine Connolly, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Mrs. Cheryl Ann Jones.

Connolly urged residents to “grow your own food and grow TCI.”

Attendees of the launch were allowed to participate in games trying to identify different diseases for a chance at prizes. Residents can now immediately start sending in their photos on the Facebook page.

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TCI Hospital Announces Educational Summer Programmes for 2022



#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – InterHealth Canada – Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital announce its annual educational summer Ready and Clinic Observership programmes which are scheduled to run in July 2022. Both programmes intend to raise awareness of healthcare careers and to help improve local capacity in the long term.

The Ready observership program offers third-form high schools, both public and private students, a behind-the-scenes look and in-depth knowledge about professions in health care delivered over five days. The program commences on Monday, July 11th to July 15th, 2022, with health care workers’ feature practical and theory presentations.

The Clinic Exploration program targets students pursuing healthcare-related courses at a tertiary level institution and ordinarily resides in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The 10-day program, from July 18th to July 29th, 2022, comprises onsite sessions that include a skills lab on phlebotomy, suturing, vital signs, manual handling, applying splints, and Heart Saver, and Basic Life Support training. A 20- minute presentation is required for participants at the conclusion of the programme.

Our summer programme offers youngsters a great opportunity to gain meaningful experience in a Hospital setting”, said Acting Chief of Medical Services Dr. Sani Amatti.

An opportunity to explore career opportunities in health and medicine. Participants will gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. They will engage with physicians and other healthcare associates from various medical disciplines within the organization while learning about the everyday aspects of their speciality areas”, added Dr Amatti.

Chief Executive Officer of the TCI Hospital, Dr Denise Braithwaite-Tennant, stated, “For the past nine years except for 2020 because of COVID-19, we have always looked forward to hosting a group of talented young people who are interested in the plethora of fields in health and medicine. We want to mentor our young people and motivate them to be innovative, creative, empathetic and caring, think critically, and be passionate while elevating their awareness about careers within the hospital. Human capital is the most important asset for healthcare and there remains a global shortage further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic similar to other hospitals, we have faced significant challenges recruiting health care workers, especially nurses. The World Health Organization estimates a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030, mostly in low- and lower-middle-income countries. It is therefore imperative that we continue to intentionally create opportunities for our young people to engage with us and promote careers in health care”.

Parents and students can visit our social media pages and website to register with a deadline for the programmes on July 4th, 2022. It would be best if students were vaccinated to participate in both programmes.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital is accredited and became a licensed teaching facility on July 26th, 2021.


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