Education Ministry launches QuizMe Platform

─ to prep students for upcoming NGSA examination

The Ministry of Education has launched its online QuizMe platform to provide an additional education resource for children preparing for this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).

Minister, Hon Priya Manickchand, introduced the platform at a ceremony held in the Smart Room of the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) on Tuesday.

Minister of Education, Hon. Priya Manickchand engaging persons at the launch

She said the platform is another tool the Ministry has provided to help students, in the wake of the pandemic. QuizMe provides exam quality multiple choice questions that students can practice as they prepare for the NGSA.

“This year on the NGSA particularly, is the year that Guyana has found it hardest in many respects and definitely in education.

[This] is the year Guyana will, with political and the supporting financial resources, give to her students the most than any other student has ever had in the history of this country,” the Minister said.

Minister of Education, Hon. Priya Manickchand at the launch of the QuizMe QuizMe platform

In addition to the online programme, students are also benefitting from a consolidated curriculum through the NGSA booster programme and other resources, to ensure their success. 

“NGSA students this year, in 2021, are receiving all the text books, all the past papers, all the worksheets, all the resources, notes, things they never got before in any other year.”

The Education Ministry has also collaborated with the two main internet service providers to ensure that students are able to access the websites.

Head of Information Systems, Ministry of Education Mr. Phil Mingo

Head of the Ministry’s Information System, Mr. Phil Mingo said the team decided to re-assess the usefulness of the quiz platform which was developed back in 2014, to determine whether it could respond to the challenges faced by students, teachers and parents during Covid.  He said the programme can work on any device and is also designed t0 help students who are visually impaired.  

Meanwhile, Chief Education Officer, Dr. Marcel Hutson said he is pleased that the Ministry has been able to provide another means to help NGSA students succeed.

Chief Education Officer, Dr. Marcel Hutson speaking to members of the media

“I am indeed happy that our students have been given different avenues to do well at the NGSA. They’ve been given different avenues so what we’ve seen here today is just another method as to how we can improve their performance in terms of the results that we will see.”

Minister Manickchand said in time, the facility will be enhanced with the necessary resources to reach the needs of students at all levels in the school system.