Around 60% of Amerindian children have access to secondary education
- President Jagdeo

Stabroek News
March 10, 2000

Just under sixty per cent of Amerindian children have access to secondary education, whilst "proper health care delivery" is available to the indigenous group.

According to a Guyana Information Services (GIS) release on Tuesday, President Bharrat Jagdeo made this disclosure on a recent trip to Annai and Karasabai as part of celebrations to commemorate the third anniversary of Dr Cheddi Jagan's death.

"The president pointed out that today... secondary education is now available to 58 percent of indigenous children," the GIS reported.

He also noted that in the past there has been a sentiment even at governmental levels that Amerindians were not equal to the rest of the population.

"Our government does not believe that ...," Mr Jagdeo said, stating that the administration attaches importance to the integration of indigenous people and this was why Dr Jagan had appointed the country's first minister of Amerindian Affairs.