Mar 10, 2013 News
…on visit to Office of the President
Despite the assurance that there is no shortage of furniture in schools in Berbice, Region Six Education Officer, Shafiran Bhajan has been caught on the wrong foot again.
Her assurances came earlier in the year at a press conference held by the Regional Chairman and the Region Six administration. The situation on the ground seems totally different.
The Regional Educational Officer who has been, from time to time, involved in a volume of controversial issues over the years, was recently exposed in a big way by students from a Corentyne Primary school who were on a visit to Office of The President.
Speaking to the shortage of furniture in the school, an issue which has been plaguing the region over the years, Ms. Bhajan had stated unambiguously that furniture shortage in the region was a thing of the past. She had also said that schools have been equipped with furniture not only for students but for teachers also.
The students took the opportunity to complain to no other than the President and his staff about the school not having adequate furniture, and the woes they endure sometimes in finding accommodation in their quest to acquire an education.
They also complained about the school-feeding programme, the shortage of biscuits and textbooks.
Office of the President allegedly subsequently telephoned the school and made inquiries as to whether the students’ allegations had any credence, to which the response was affirmative.
This and other atrocities including school children drinking on school tours, forced acting Education Minister Dr. Frank Anthony to speed to Berbice to investigate.
In almost all the schools in the region students are forced to take their own chairs. The Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) of the schools have from time to time been raising the concerns over the lack of adequate furniture for students at the learning institutions.
There have also been clashes with the administration of the New Amsterdam Multilateral School and the school board over the issue.
School officials had stated that a decision to have students walk with their own furniture was made by the board. The board has strenuously denied this. While at some other schools students have been seen using window sills as desks, some have been seen sitting on the window sills and writing on their laps.
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