The Cambridge Higher School Certificate (HSC) 2018 results were proclaimed this morning and the names of 45 laureates were announced. The Prime Minister, Minister of Home Affairs, External Communications and National Development Unit, Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, signed the official documents at the New Treasury Building in Port Louis in presence of the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun.
In his address, the Prime Minister lauded the achievement of the laureates and acknowledged their efforts, sacrifice and hard work which he attributed to the support of their families and their respective academic institutions. He observed that each and every student should be given the opportunity to have access to tertiary education and recalled the historical measure he announced in his New Year message, namely free access to tertiary education in all public institutions as from this year.
Speaking about the opportunities to create more employability for the youth in the various economic sectors, Mr Jugnauth emphasised the need to ease accessibility in both academic and vocational institutions. He further underlined the requisite for Mauritius to embrace modernity with the latest technology and keep pace with the digital evolution in the wake of the upcoming challenges facing the world of work where focus is laid on block chain technology and artificial intelligence.
The Prime Minister appealed to students to avail of the facilities of free access to tertiary education and reiterated that tertiary education should be accessible to all children from every segment of the social ladder.
For her part, Minister Dookun-Luchoomun, commended the laureates for their accomplishment based on their efforts and perseverance as well as the students who have succeeded their HSC 2018 examinations with flying colours. She also conveyed her best wishes to students who will embark on the journey of tertiary education.
HSC 2018 Results
A total of 9408 candidates sat for the 2018 HSC examinations that is, 9 102 for Mauritius and 306 for Rodrigues, with 2 013 students competing for the State Scholarships. The pass rate for 2018 for the Republic of Mauritius totals to 74.9% as compared to 74.37% in 2017.
The number of laureates by school is as follows: Royal College Port Louis � 9; Queen Elizabeth College � 7; Royal College Curepipe � 7; Dr Maurice Cure State College � 6; Droopnath Ramphul State College � 4; Mahatma Gandhi Institute Moka� 2; CollAge Du Saint Esprit � 1; Rajcoomar Gujadhur State Secondary School � 1; Sookdeo Bissondoyal State College � 1; John Kennedy College � 1; G.M.B Atchia State College � 1; Piton State College � 1; Rodrigues College � 3; and Marechal College � 1.
Government offers 69 scholarships each year based on the HSC examinations. A scholarship is also offered by the Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB) under the MCB Foundation Scholarship.
Forty-five scholarships are offered purely on the basis of performance and merit. Twenty-four additional scholarships are allocated on academic, merit and social criteria basis. The list will be proclaimed after a selection exercise by the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research and the Ministry of Social Security. Moreover, the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research will launch a call for applications in the coming days for those eligible for the 24 scholarships.
Source: Republic of Mauritius