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Written By : Tai Smith Nasinu . I refer to Rajend Naidu’s letter (FS 17/6) and beg to differ. I am a Christian who gained the highest mark in the
17 Jun 2008 12:00

Written By : Tai Smith Nasinu . I refer to Rajend Naidu’s letter (FS 17/6) and beg to differ.
I am a Christian who gained the highest mark in the secondary school entrance examination in our catholic primary school.
But I was refused entry into St Josephs in favour of the daughters of two government officials and one furniture shopowner, one being of the Hindu faith.
Both the furniture shopowner’s daughter and the prominent government official’s daughter of the Hindu faith barely passed (if I remember correctly their marks were 238).
At first my parents were extremely angry. My dad was Anglican and suffice to say, he did not want his children (three sons of the Methodist faith and two Catholic girls to have any more to do with what he termed as a selective faith.)
He felt that it was because he was not some big time public person, I had missed out on the opportunity to get to St Josephs.
It took a lot of convincing and with the support of my motherI got to go to Cathedral Secondary School where my best friend was going. I never regretted that decision and I am proud to say that there are prominent people who began their secondary life at this very school.
It is never a school’s name that shapes one’s future. It is one and one’s parents’ upbringing.
I remain a proud ex-Cathedral scholar.




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