The Ministry of Education has launched a Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the state of the education
system to upgrade the Education Strategic Plan.
Minister of Education, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, during a press conference at the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD), yesterday, said that the objectives of this inquiry are to, “establish a baseline analysis of the state of the public education in Guyana,” and to, “recommend broad strategic guidelines for the enhancements of public education.”
He added that the confirmed members of the commission includes the Former Chief Education Officer, Ed Caesar – Chairman; Legal Officer/Secretary, Kelly-Ann Payne-Hercules; Assistant Chief Education Officer (ACEO) Ingrid Trotman; Acting Deputy Chief Education Officer (DCEO) Marcel Hutson; Acting Assistant Chief Education Officer (Secondary) Leslyn Charles; Ramesh Persaud form the Private Sector Commission (PSC); a representative of the Inter-religious Community, Jennifer Dewar; School Boards’ Community representative, Vibert Hart; Youth Representative, Ronald Austin, Jr.; Pulandar Kandhai from the Guyana Teaching Service Commission; and Mark Lyte of the Guyana Teachers’ Union
The representative for hinterland education is still to be identified. The Leader of the Opposition did not respond to the request for a nominee, the Minister stated.
The period under review will be from September 2010 to July 2014. The Inquiry is expected to last four months. However, additional time will be given once required.
He continued that the Inquiry will be executed through public consultations; policy/ research review; and in camera consultations. Public consultations will be held on any area that the COI deems fit and the COI will undertake a comprehensive review of any existing documented research or policy as relevant to its function.
Dr. Roopnaraine said, “Members of the public are hereby invited to submit memoranda on their perception of the state of the Education System, inclusive of factual illustrations where possible, and recommendations for the system.”
The Minister pointed out that those memoranda should be submitted no later than May 14, 2016 and must be addressed to the Ministry of Education’s Commission of Inquiry Secretariat, Ministry of Education, 26 Brickdam, Stabroek.
Dr. Roopnaraine explained that the COI is “ a broad, multi-phased strategy framework for national education reform and development; reconciliation of findings with existing internal policy operational strategy and external consultancy recommendations; three, contextualisation within the Regional Education and HR Development Strategy 2030 and any other relevant multilateral strategies or policies; four, particular focus on the use of technology in education sector management and service delivery; five, particular focus on Hinterland Education Reform; six, consideration that the Ministry of Education operates within a framework of functional cooperation and areas of inter-lap with several other government entities; seven, consideration that there is scope for specific functional cooperation on strengthening tolerance with the Ministry of Social Cohesion.”
“The education system in Guyana will require comprehensive and far-reaching reform if the system is going to prove capable of addressing the country’s developmental needs.”
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