BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 23rd
August 2019) – At the age of 12, Maleah Erskine of
Bird Rock, a junior high schooler at the Basseterre High School (BHS) has sat
advanced Mathematics by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) and not only
passed but has received a Grade 1-the highest score grade category of the
May/June 2019 CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) exams.
“I’m honestly proud of myself for this
accomplishment,” she said during an interview with this media house.
Notably, she is currently awaiting her results
from CXC EDPM (Electronic Document Preparation and Management) for which Maleah
along with her family is confident that she will pass with flying colours,
Her mother is the head of the Math
Division at BHS Ayanna Erskine and her
father is well-known driving instructor Nigel
Maleah is the first of three children and only
daughter to her mom. She has two brothers Faheem and Zekie and also has two
older siblings on her father’s side Orngel Erskine (2015 Miss National Carnival
Queen) and Crystal.
She is thankful for the encouragement and
support of her parents and hopes that her younger siblings will become
motivated by her accomplishment.
“I couldn’t have done it without
the motivation of my parents. I’ve always given my parents reasons to be
proud of me and I enjoy doing this. I’m hoping that my younger siblings will
follow in my footsteps and that others will be motivated by my success.”
Maleah, who is about to enter 2nd form
in the upcoming school year, is a former student of the Beach Allen Primary
School who graduated as valedictorian in 2018.
She is determined to keep challenging
“Now that I’ve done these two subjects
and was so successful, I’m motivated to do twice as much next year. I know
persons might be wondering why but I believe knowledge is not wasted and I
enjoy the challenge. I love challenging myself,” remarked Maleah.
“She can be described as a
multifaceted individual. She’s very competitive and is well- rounded and has
always maintained top position in her classes. She has a very outgoing
personality and sees herself as bubbly yet weird, friendly and
respectful,” says her mom.
Like any other teenager, Maleah enjoys
watching videos on YouTube, going to the beach and movies in her spare time.
Additionally, she loves dancing and pageantry.
Her outgoing personality, however, sees
her actively taking part in many extracurricular activities while balancing
academics being involved in the St. Kitts 12th Girl Guide, Synergy Movement
Dance Group, St.Kitts-Nevis Shito Ryu Karate-do Association, BHS Storm Cheer
Leading Squad and Stormers Athletic club while embracing her spiritual growth
through worship at Beacon of Hope Ministry located at the Industrial
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Maleah had to say.
REPORTER: What motivated the move to
sit CSEC Math and EDPM?
MALEAH: I’ve always loved Mathematics
and sometime when I’m around my mom’s extra classes, I would find that some
topics seem easy to me. Although I wasn’t always able to understand everything,
I would always have an idea as to how to solve the problems, so I challenged
myself that when I reach high school I would write Math in 1st form. As for
EDPM, I wasn’t so interested in the beginning. My mom suggested that I do it
since she wanted me to be knowledgeable about the computer. I don’t
regret doing it as I learnt so many things about different type of documents
and formatting and I’m now able to teach my mom and dad these things.
REPORTER: What was preparation like?
MALEAH: I didn’t have a personal tutor
for either subjects. I attended EDPM classes with Mr. Deepak and Math classes
with my mom. EDPM class clashed with my Math class on Thursdays therefore, I
was only able to attend one session of Math class a week. However, I would
usually do past papers and have my mom marked them. I feel like my mom was
sometimes strict being that I’m her daughter but she would always explain all
the concepts and made sure that I understood.
Although Maleah is undecided about what
career path she would like to choose at this time, what she is certain about is
the nature of the field.
“I haven’t made up my mind about my
career path but my interest lies in the area of Math, Science and Technology.”