Baksh on countrywide mission about quality education delivery
Guyana Chronicle
February 3, 2007

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EDUCATION Minister Shaik Baksh has embarked on a countrywide mission to meet all managers and heads of secondary, primary and nursery schools to outline the vision and expectation for quality delivery to the nation’s children.

He started in Georgetown, last week when he met a group of 200 for discussions about the delivery of quality education and partnership with stakeholders at all levels from top to bottom.

Mr. Baksh made the disclosure at a similar forum in Region Two (Pomeroon/Supenaam) on Wednesday.

He said Guyana must regain the top education position on the Caribbean chart and he has already started to make changes in his ministry to achieve that goal.

According to the minister, the Central Ministry is “doing its own thing” and the Regional Education Departments are doing likewise, with the community having limited involvement in the delivery of quality education.

Touching on absenteeism among teachers, Baksh said the problem is of serious concern to the Education Ministry, especially in the Georgetown Education District and Region Four (Demerara/Mahaica) in general.

He also acknowledged a high level of school dropouts and low attendance at primary and secondary schools, challenging school managers to work closely with Parent/Teachers Associations (PTAs) to address the situation.

Baksh said the government is investing heavily to provide quality education for the children and all school heads and teachers should give their best and pull their weight to propel the achievement of a higher level.

He charged the heads to create an environment of child friendly schools in Region Two.