Moral education likely to be reintroduced in schools
January 31, 2003
The government is considering the possibility of putting moral education on the school curriculum countrywide as a compulsory subject.
And President Bharrat Jagdeo is currently awaiting a proposal from the local religious community to take that step.
The Government Information Agency (GINA) reported that the subject of reintroducing moral education in schools was raised with the President last Friday at the Prayer Encounter hosted on the lawns of State House.
The Head of State said that there is need for moral education in the school system to complement academic education, GINA reported. He noted also that some years ago he met with the various religious faiths in Guyana and asked them to get together and state the things they have in common.
GINA quotes Jagdeo as saying: “I know they have a lot of commonalities because they preach the goodness of man, respect for each other, respect for humanity,....I said to them why not develop a curriculum that dispels the best from all of these practices and we can call it character building in schools....It could be a compulsory subject...”
GINA reported also that Bishop Juan Edghill has said that the President had asked the Guyana Council of Churches to spearhead a task force to rewrite the curriculum with a strong moral and ethical code.