Education stakeholders have been invited to have their say about the future of public education as nationwide consultations to review, revise, upgrade and extend the education sector’s strategic plan continue.
The Commissioners are targeting the input of religious leaders, teachers, administrative staff and students of the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), the University of Guyana (UG), and the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) in this second round of consultation.
On August 11, 18 and 23, at the National Center for Educational Resource Development (NCERD), religious communities desirous of making oral submissions to the Commission will be able to do so.
According to Public Relations Officer, Ministry of Education, Suelle Findlay-Williams, the Guyana Society of Jesus, the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha (GHDA) and the Central Islamic Organisation of Guyana (CIOG,) are among some of the religious organisations that have requested to meet with the commission.
Findlay-Williams explained that the Commission will hear from the Private Sector Commission on August 19, UG and CPCE on September 20, and the GTU on September 22.
The third and final round of consultation would see the Commissioners travelling to the regions to hear from residents about their perception of the state of the education system, and their recommendations for its enhancement. These series of engagements will commence in September and stretch into November. The Commission of Inquiry is expected to wrap-up in December.
The inquiry into the education system is part of an effort aimed at establishing a baseline analysis of the state of public education in Guyana. Recommendations derived from all consultations will inform the administrative, policy and legislative processes.
The inquiry into the education system was launched in April with the consultation starting soon after. During the first phase of the consultations, the Commissioners held approximately nine public hearings in Georgetown.