Apr 06, 2016 News
The support of the public is being solicited by the Ministry of Education in its quest to review, revise,
upgrade and extend the Education Sector Strategic Plan.
This is according to information from the Ministry which states that “the Ministry of Education will be conducting an Inquiry into the Education System. The Inquiry is intended to provide evidential bases for the revision, upgrading and extension of the Plan”.
According to the Ministry too, the public is invited to submit memoranda on their perceived state of the system, inclusive of factual illustrations where possible, and recommendations for its enhancement.
The Ministry has made clear too that “Memoranda should be submitted no later than May 14, 2016, and should be addressed to the ‘Ministry of Education Inquiry Secretariat c/o the Ministry of Education, 26 Brickdam, Stabroek.’”
Added to this, it was noted that persons desirous of supplementing their memoranda with oral presentations, to the Commission, may indicate, in their submission, the desire to do so. Further, persons who are desirous of making oral submissions without submitting memoranda may also write to the Commission, no later than April 30, 2016, expressing such a desire.
In this regard, the Ministry said that it will be hosting a press conference at which Minister of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, Commissioners, and Education Officials are expected to be present.
In August of last year, Government announced that Cabinet had approved an inquiry into the state of public education. It was announced that a Commission of Inquiry (COI) would be expected to examine “the way in which our children are actually educated and whether the education they are receiving is really preparing them for a future in Guyana”.
Part of the mandate of the Commission, Government had pronounced, is to give attention to the state of the public education with a view of providing strategic guidelines for the enhancement of education delivery.
The Commission, it was related, will consist of a chairperson, two vice chairpersons, and will include persons from the nursery, primary, secondary and tertiary levels. It is expected to also incorporate representation from the Teaching Service Commission, the Guyana Teachers’ Union, the political opposition, the Private Sector Commission, religious bodies, youth organisations and non-government organisations, among others.
Minister Roopnaraine had revealed that the COI would be tasked with investigating exactly what obtains in the school system, by conducting hearings across the country, in order to provide a report outlining recommendations for the enhancement of education delivery.
Based on the disclosure of the Education Minister since last year, the work of the COI had already commenced.
Despite moves by a cadre of experts to provide reports of the system, the Minister had yet stressed the need for a COI as, according to him, he was not quite satisfied with the lack of reports that layout implementable action plans.
The Minister disclosed plans for the conducting of audits at schools across the country. The audits were described as “a matter of importance,” by the Minister, who revealed that audit teams will be conducting environmental audits of each school.
“I need to know which schools need infrastructural work. I need to know about everything that is lacking in our school system,” the Minister asserted, as he pointed out that the audits are critical to the implementation of strong, evidence-based national policies.
It is Dr. Roopnaraine’s vision to mobilise political parties over the next five years to work together to craft strategies for the education sector with a view to advancing the interest of the people.
“Education is not something we need to fight over. A solid education system benefits everyone. Education is the foundation of what we do and what we will do,” he had stated.
He had also disclosed that he has already been able to draw on relationships established with his predecessor, Priya Manickchand, and other ministers of the previous government. The Minister vocalized his optimism that the Guyana Teachers’ Union would also be among his primary supporters.
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