2004 another busy year for Education Ministry - PS
Guyana Chronicle
April 16, 2004

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PERMANENT Secretary of Ministry of Education, Mr. Ganga Persaud, says 2004 will be another busy year for the education sector in Guyana.

The PS, accompanied by Regional Education Officer (Ag.) of Region Three, Ms. Doomattie Singh, and her Region Four counterpart, Mr. Balram Inderjeat, met with members of the media yesterday in the studio of National Centre for Education Research Department, Kingston.

Mr. Persaud said the $14B in budgetary allocations for the sector would allow the Education Ministry to focus on the maintenance of buildings and the acquisition of teaching learning materials.

"This year we will be seeking to enhance our maintenance programme, so we can keep our schools and learning environment conducive to learning," he added.

Ms. Singh said in her report that there are 47 nursery schools, 61 primary, 12 secondary and two practical institutions, a total of 122 schools.

She added that there are some 1240 teachers, 63 trained graduates, 660 of whom are trained and 517 untrained.

According to the education official examination results so far have been quite impressive in 2003 and the trend will be continued in 2004.

She reported on active participation in national events including Mashramani and National Athletics Championships and added that some 100 hundred supervisory visits to the schools were conducted.

She also spoke on staff development, school feeding programmes and plans to extend three schools and build four new schools in that region.

Mr. Inderjeat pointed to parental involvement in the orientation sessions and more stakeholder participation with a restructured regional education committee.

According to the REO there are some 1727 teachers in Region Fur, 490 in the nursery department, 826 in the primary department and 371 in secondary. There are some 40 teachers at practical institutions.

Some 400 children are to be attached to work study programmes.

The modern language sub committee will implement the exposure of a foreign language to compliment the sub committee's task of debating competition, he noted.