School governments may be solution to problem of discipline

Guyana Chronicle
Maarch 3, 2001

THE implementation of 'School Governments' is viewed as one of the solutions to discipline in schools and will be firmly established in 2001.

Minister of Education Dr. Dale Bisnauth in an interview with the Guyana Information Services (GIS) said the experimentation with School Governments started last year and proved very effective within those schools selected.

The Leonora and the Number 48 Primary Schools are two such schools that benefited from the venture. Dr. Bisnauth acknowledged that the Student Government Body concept is a most imaginative approach because under this system the children are part of the process of making rules.

Describing it as the best approach he has ever seen, the Education Minister, noted that when the students are involved in the administrative aspect of the school with their teachers, they become responsible for establishing the rules to execute discipline.

This programme will be expanded in 2001 and accelerated across the schools' landscape, he announced.

The Minister also highlighted the code of conduct as another effective tool in dealing with discipline and explained that the Ministry intends to make copies of this publication available to all students. Minister Bisnauth also disclosed that the idea of a National Parent Teachers Association, which he had announced last year, will be pursued in 2001.

He is confident that the education system can only be successful when parents, teachers, students and other members of the community are involved. (Guyana Information Services)

Nokta commissions school at Siparuta MINISTER of Local Government, Mr. Harripersaud Nokta while on a recent two-day visit to Region Six (East Berbice/Corentyne) commissioned a newly built school at Siparuta.

The Minister along with officials from the Ministry of Finance toured the Siparuta Primary School which was built at a cost of $10M.

The new school was built with assistance from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).

Residents of Siparuta and Orealla depend mainly on logging for livelihood.

At present, the residents are engaged in the cultivation of agricultural crops which are sold at Skeldon.

A new food processing plant was recently established at Orealla, and this has helped to create employment within the area.

Siparuta, which is an isolated community, now boasts new primary and nursery schools, an improved water supply system and a new wharf. (Guyana Information Services)

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