Officials at the Ministry of Education and Technical and Vocational Training announced the results of the 2023 national examination this week. Along with the overall statistics for the Bahamas General Certificate (BJC) and the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE), officials announced Cherkadin Wells as the top achiever in the BGCSE examinations. Wells also made history by passing the most exams.
Wells, a 12th grade student at Queen’s College, completed the exams in the 11th grade. He says he knew he had to be competitive.
Deciding to sit the exams in the 10th grade Wells says, “teachers would find me here maybe two hours after school finish and sometimes even the sun would be down when I’m leaving school and it was a little difficult because sometimes my peers they’d be leaving at 3 o’ clock and they’d be home by the time I was just finishing my classes and they’d be doing fun things. But I knew that I wanted to be great so I knew I needed to do the extra. I needed to do what they weren’t doing so that I would be the one to come out on top of all my examinations.”
Queen’s College Vice Principal and Head of High School Shawn Turnquest told ZNS News, “I did not know until long after he has registered that he was sitting fifteen subjects, I too was surprised. But I know he had it in him, I know he has the greatness within him.”
Wells took fifteen examinations. He passed fourteen of them with an A grade and received one B.