None of Tobago’s students were able to make it into the top 200 places at the national level in the 2013 Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) Examination results. This was revealed by Secretary in the Division of Education Youth Affairs and Sport (DEYAS) Councillor Gary Melville at an Appreciation Luncheon held for the top 20 SEA performers in Tobago. The function, which was attended by the students, their parents, teachers and principals, was held at the Mt. Irvine Bay Hotel last Tuesday. Melville in his brief address, pointed out that despite the fact there was no student from Tobago in the national top 200, parents should still be proud and show appreciation for the achievements of their children. “We need to show appreciation for our top performers as they have at this stage, demonstrated a pathway to success,” declared Melville. He then appealed to the students to continue to carry that same attitude of hard work into their new schools. “Parents must continue to encourage and provide the kind of environment and support for these children who could become our future leaders,” he added. Earlier in the function Assistant Education Coordinator Verlene Bobb-Lewis expressed high optimism on the incremental improvement of Tobago schools at the national level. She revealed that while only six schools had performed above the national average in 2012, this year the figure had risen to 11 schools. More and more schools are performing above the national average in Tobago,” she noted. “Also we have seen a drop in the under-30 marks performance from 14.9 to 9.2%,” reported Bobb-Lewis.