By Demion McTair. Updated 8:37 p.m., September 30, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).
Three schools founded by the late Dr. John Parmenus Eustace, to provide secondary education in St. Vincent at a time when it was reserved for a few, have done well at the 2020 Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams.
For the J.P Eustace trio, the top performer is the Emmanuel High School Mesopotamia with a 78.23 percent pass rate.
The J.P Eustace Memorial Secondary School (formerly the Emmanuel High Kingstown) is second with a 77.57 percent pass rate.
Third, is the Intermediate High School with a 73.10 percent pass rate.
The schools, once privately-run, are now state-run.
The oldest of the three schools founded by the late Dr. Eustace is the Intermediate High School, founded in 1926. At that time, it was the third secondary school in the country.
In April 1952, Dr. Eustace founded the Emmanuel High School (now the Dr. J.P. Eustace Memorial Secondary School), and in May 1963, Dr. Eustace started the Emmanuel High School in Mesopotamia to provide access to secondary education in the central region of St. Vincent.
The late Dr. Eustace, through his moves to establish these schools, provided access to thousands of Vincentians over the years who otherwise would not likely have had access to secondary education.
The late Dr. Eustace is being considered for national hero status for his contribution to education.