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Inspiring! Inmate tops High School Certificate Programme

FILE: Omarie Winter. (Facebook photo)

Twenty-nine candidates sat the February 2019 Virgin Islands High School Certificate Programme (VIHCP) exams but only two managed to pass. One of those successful candidates is an inmate at Her Majesty’s Prison.

That inmate is young Omarie Winter whose inspiring story is one showing his determination not to be a victim of his circumstance.

His achievement was recognised on Tuesday when officials at Her Majesty’s Prison held a ceremony to acknowledge “the positive efforts” of not only Winter, who successfully completed the programme, but the 12 other inmates who enrolled in the programme.

And though the 12 other inmates were unsuccessful in the programme that started in October 2018 under the leadership of former education minister Myron Walwyn, there are opportunities for them to retake the exam.

Resit an option

The next opportunity for students to take exams will be in October 2019. Registration runs from September 2 to 6.

Doing a resit also applies to the other 15 students from the territory’s general population who were unsuccessful. William Corey — a general population student — is the only other of the total 29 candidates who successfully completed the programme.

What is the VI High School Certificate Programme?

VIHCP, in the meantime, is a subsidiary of the Alternative Secondary Education Programme and is for persons without a high school diploma.

To complete the programme, candidates must receive a secondary school certificate in five courses — mathematics, English, science, social studies, and life skills.

Every subject except for life skills requires candidates to sit an exam. For life skills, each candidate is required to submit a portfolio, which is then assessed.

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  1. Hmm says:

    That’s nice,but will he change his c_im_nal ways..
    That is left to be seen

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    • @Hmm says:

      You sound ignorant asf that young man is up there for d***s

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      • The Hooded Claw says:

        This is very commendable. This Programme will provide the conduit for inmates to reintegrate back into society. Kudos to Mr.Winter for his achievement and also the government for putting this on place.

    • Wow says:

      For him to change his criminal ways he needs the help and support of the community can you join onboard by coming up with a program that will help convicts lead law abiding lives. He started by taking the baby step of getting a high school diploma wish him well please. Dont compliment him then take it back in the same breath.

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    • PROUD says:

      @hmm this is a good step for this young man when he is release he can make a different for himself and proud you can change for a good reason keep up the good work aim higher than diploma and go for a degee online i will say it again am very proud

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    • @hmm says:

      your ignorance make me what to commit suicide. Let the youth be great you fxckin’ a$$whipe piece of $hit.

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    • Hit the nail on the head says:

      Come on. At least offer some congratulations to the young man on his achievement. We all were once children. He may not be perfect right away, but spread some good cheer and say to him or of him. Congratulations, now please do the right thing. Best wishes Omarie.

    • Hit the nail on the head says:

      Come on. At least offer some congratulations to the young man on his achievement. We all were once children. He may not be perfect right away, but spread some good cheer and say to him or of him. Congratulations, now please do the right thing. Best wishes Omarie.

  2. Shedding Tears? says:

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! young man. Believe in yourself always. INNER PEACE.

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  3. Congratulations says:

    Congratulations too you Omari Winter, I know your father and grandmother is very proud of you. And I know you are very proud of yourself. May you continue to strive for Excellence. May the Lord continue to hold you in the hallow of his hands.

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  4. Shedding tears? says:

    Revised version-

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! young man. Believe in yourself to change your-ways always young man. The FUTURE is yours.- you can contribute to the building of our people or destroy us – “study the nature of duality.” It is within everything we call life.

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  5. To Him says:

    That is great Omarie. Do not study those bad minded people out there. Even though you are making a positive move, you will still be judged by your past. But know that only God has the last say. No one knows what you been through losing so many of your loved ones. People can talk because majority has a normal life. A mother, alive, to confide in and run to. A devoted and loving father to learn from..
    I hope you stay on the right track and don’t let your circumstance define and get the best of you. It is never too late to get a fresh start. You are the author of your life book.

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    • Reader says:

      @ To Him. Conngrats Mr. Winter. Great job.. to be one of the only 2 to pass of 29. God Bless you. In Jesus’ name I speak favour, overcoming power, success and victory! You can do ALL things Through Him, even be a better person, who overcomes his past life.

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  6. Remind me says:

    Remind me why this person is in prison please

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  7. Congrats says:

    Congrats Omarie. I applaud you. I also say congrats to the other successful young man.

    To those who were not successful, I urge you not to give up. Be encouraged you still have another chance at it. You can do it.

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  8. Past student says:

    Am a past student of the alternative programme i then went on to hlscc and persued a degree and two certificate so omarie dont stop there.

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  9. Shedding tears? says:

    Spreading LOVE OVER EVIL- Ever-ry Day. Digging even deeper-

    “Pressure Burst-Pipe,” 2013- still as relevant as “Brotha BOB” words to humanity today:

  10. Call Me Ishmael says:

    The beginning of a new career. Stay focused. Stay on the right side of the road except when you are driving here. Be happy with your accomplishments and help others in need. We’ve made an investment in your education. Pay it forward.

  11. Blessed says:

    CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes for a great and successful future. May you find favor always in God’s plan for your life, because only He can turn our test into a testimony and our mess into a message. Be encouraged.

  12. Be an inspiration says:

    Comgrats young man. I know a lot of our youth feel like God has given up on them because of all the battles they have faced. Therefore, they turn to a life of crime. Please make yours Omari, one of many success stories. Reach for the stars!Then help someone who is heading where you have been



  14. Yes! says:

    I don’t know you, but this story made my day! Great start to a new you. Keep pushing, and remember the only opinion that matters is your own. Don’t mind the noise.

    Looking forward to hearing further great things about you in the future.

  15. Rewind Selector says:

    Better choice,

  16. LCS says:

    Congratulations! May others follow your example. motivate other inmates to do the same. Keep up the positive, good work.

  17. Me me says:

    Congratulations on your hard work.

  18. Guy Hill says:

    Omarie et al….Always continue to do your very best. Be Brave.

  19. Kymmi says:

    Congrats Omarie, so proud to hear you’re making strides to better your life. Hope you stay on the right track. Want to see good things for you! One love fam.

  20. Musa says:

    Good for you ,never give up .

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