‘Education Exposition 2019’ attracts thousands
– Pres. Granger engages students
– Education Month wraps up.
DPI, Guyana, Monday, September 30, 2019
Students from over 100 schools across Guyana benefitted yet again from the annual ‘Education Exposition’ held at the D’Urban Park which brought the curtains down on Education Month.
Education is being repositioned into a tool of mass development. In this regard, the event sought to expose students to educational, training and professional opportunities in one space.
Speaking about the “decade of development” and the various sectors of Guyana’s economy that will undergo transformation, His Excellency, President David Granger explained his vision of free education to the thousands of students gathered, adding that it will become reality from 2020.
He also spoke of the significant increases teachers will receive come next year, an added bonus to the 45% increase received last year. Citing the massive improvements in the education sector over the last 4 years, President Granger said that Guyana is well on its way to becoming an education nation.
Education Minister, Hon. Dr. Nicolette Henry explained that providing educational opportunities for all is paramount to the success of Guyana’s children. She urged the students to take full advantage of all the growth and advancement opportunities they are presented with.
Adding that the government is committed to providing educational opportunities for all sectors and reducing disparities in the sector, Minister Henry said the Education Ministry is in the process of reforming its curriculum reform – this process of restructuring had not been done since 1976.
Chief Education Officer, Dr. Marcel Hutson remarked that Guyana’s education standards are increasingly becoming on par with international standards.
The Education Exposition showcases various areas within STEAM learning, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and exposes students to various areas of learning, training and professional advancement.
Agencies, schools and departments who participated in the activity include NCERD, GTI, Carnegie School of Home Economics and the Ministry of Education.
Also present at the exposition was Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Bartaland Scotland, Minister of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs Honourable Sydney Allicock, Minister of State Dawn Hastings Williams, Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Karen Cummings, His Worship the Mayor of Georgetown, Pandit Ubraj Naraine, Regional Education Officers from several Regions along with scores of teachers.
The exposition wrapped up this year’s Education Month activities themed “Education: Key to National Development.”