Roopnaraine appointed Critchlow Labour College Principal
Guyana Chronicle
January 15, 2007

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THE Board of Critchlow Labour College has appointed a former senior lecturer of the University of Guyana as Principal of the institution in an effort to intensify its education programme to meet the challenges ahead.

A statement issued by the Secretary of the Board of Governors, Mr. Lincoln Lewis said: “Committed as we are to this vision and in anticipation of the serious challenges ahead, the Board has fittingly appointed Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine the new Principal of the college. Dr. Roopnaraine brings to this position a wealth of experience in areas such as teaching, research, training and capacity building, in addition to outstanding writing, communication and organisational skills.”

Roopnaraine, a former Guyana scholar, is a graduate of the University of Cambridge and acquired his PhD in Comparative Literature at Cornell University, U.S.

A co-leader of the Working People’s Alliance (WPA), he has also written three books and several academic articles and made several presentations at conferences around the world. He is also a prize-winning documentary film maker.

“The Board of Governors of Critchlow Labour College takes this opportunity to welcome Dr. Roopnaraine to the fold and looks forward to working with him in the days ahead as we strive to discharge our responsibilities to our students and the Guyanese and Caribbean society,” the statement said.

The Board also said it recognises the need for leaders who are deeply aware of the challenges facing the trade union movement and who wish to join in the work to overcome them.

“A more educated and conscious leadership at all levels will be a source of strength, and a strengthened leadership at all levels will make a vital contribution to the social, economic and political growth of this country and our region,” the Board said.

It added that it shares the view that the need exists for a labour education offensive throughout the Caribbean to raise the level of coordination and integration among Caribbean labour colleagues.