US$19.3M SSRP exceeds 7-yr task
Guyana Chronicle
December 9, 2003

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The Secondary Schools Reform Project (SSRP) has fulfilled its curriculum development task above expectations.

Director of SSRP, Dr. Kenneth Hunte, speaking at the final graduation exercise of the SSRP last Friday declared: "I am happy to report that the SSRP has well and truly exceeded its curriculum development task through the development of a common curriculum for secondary schools and the preparation of Grades 7-9 curriculum guides for the pre-vocational subjects of Agricultural Science, Home Economics and Industrial Technology." He added that in collaboration with the Allied Arts Unit of the Ministry of Education Grades 7-9 Curriculum Guides for the Expressive Arts were developed.

Dr. Hunte noted that funding for the SSRP was obtained through a loan agreement valued at US$19.3M between the International Development Association (IDA) of the World Bank and the Government of Guyana.

The Project Director also expressed pleasure that the World Bank has agreed to an eight-month extension to complete emergency repairs to 18 schools.

The SSRP was established in 1996 with the aim of improving the quality, equity and efficiency of secondary education here. The project has three components: an Education Programme Quality, which deals with the delivery of the curriculum; the School Environment, which focuses on physical facilities; and National and Regional Institutional Strengthening, which seeks to improve the management of secondary education.