A total of 32 schools have been re-graded with at least two secondary schools moving from Grade B to Grade A schools. This development has been chronicled in the official Gazette.
The re-grading of the schools, which became effective from September 1, 2017, include North West Secondary in Mabaruma and the Tutorial Academy in New Amsterdam both of which have moved from Grade B level schools to Grade A level schools.
Two more secondary schools – the Number Eight Secondary School, West Coast Berbice, and Anni Secondary, North West District have also been re-graded effectively moving from Grade C to Grade B Schools.
In addition, 15 primary schools from far-flung areas have also been re-graded, with all, save one, moving from a Grade C to Grade B School. Wauna Primary, situated in Wauna, a small village in the North West District, is the only primary school listed that has secured the improved Grade of B [moving from C to B].
All of the other re-graded primary schools have moved from a Grade E to D. These include Haimacabra Primary in the Moruca Sub-Region; Santa Cruz Primary, Baramita Mouth; Kokerite Primary, Barama River; Warapoka Primary, Warapoka Creek; Hobodeia Primary, Upper Aruka River; St. Anselms Primary, Barima River; Better Hope Primary, Essequibo Coast; Katoka Primary, Central Rupununi; Rupunau Primary, South Central Rupununi; Annai Primary, North Rupununi; Shea Primary, South Rupununi; Agatash Primary, Essequibo River; Batavia Primary, Arian Island; Lower Cuyuni River; and Imbaimadai Primary, Upper Mazaruni.
A total of 13 nursery schools have also been re-graded, with five out of the lot moving from Grade C to B. These include ‘C’ Field Nursery, Section C South Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown; Savannah Park Nursery, New Amsterdam, Berbice; Kuru-Kururu Nursery, Linden/Soesdyke Highway; Port Kaituma, Port Kaituma and Santa Rosa, Kumaka, Moruca. The other re-graded nursery schools are Phillipai, Upper Mazaruni, District; Jawalla, Upper Mazaruni, District; Paramakatoi Village, Pakaraimas, Potari/Siparuni; St. Ignatius Village, St. Ignatius Village; Republic Avenue, Speightland, Lower Kara Kara, McKenzie; South Amelia’s Ward, South Amelia’s Ward; Amelia’s Ward, Amelia’s Ward Linden; and J.E. Burnham, William Street, Kitty Georgetown.
Meanwhile, also detailed in the Official Gazette are two schools that have been renamed. These are David Rose Secondary School in Georgetown, which has been officially renamed the West Ruimveldt Secondary School. The other school renamed is the David Rose School for the Handicapped also in Georgetown. The latter school is now officially named the David Rose Special School.
From all indications, these two similarly named schools were renamed so as to enable the public to distinguish them easily. It is however not clear what the developments are in the various schools that allowed for them to be elevated to improved grade level schools.
However, all of the changes at the various schools were signed off by Chief Education Officer, Mr. Marcel Hutson.
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