GINA, GUYANA, Friday, December 16, 2016
Government sees education as necessary for the attainment of the “good life,” that it wants for all Guyanese. Government’s primary challenge however, remains the crafting of a system that produces the kind of education necessary to achieve this goal.
During the debates of the 2016 budget in January, Education Minister Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine had said that, “The stark reality is that our education system, under the previous administration, failed to grapple with that concern, with focus instead being placed on achievers of certificates at the expense of the education of the citizens.”
Dr Roopnaraine had explained that these among other challenges will be confronted in the year 2016 as the Ministry seeks to overcome the challenges and launch new initiatives for the enhancement of the education system. He promised that, enhancement “would eventually impact the ultimate goal of the system: the production of a better all-round citizen and the creation of a better society.”
Eleven months later, during the 2017 budget debates, the Education Minister outlined the following as the achievements made in 2016 towards the enhancement of the education system.
Year in Review
Improving access to and quality of education
In 2016, a total of over 70,000 pupils received some form of nutritional snack or meal through the national school-feeding programme
Support Service Programme
Psycho-social issues in schools
University of Guyana
By: Macalia Santos