Education personnel urged to continue to deliver effectively
─ Min. Henry meets with REdOs and DEOs
DPI, Guyana, Thursday, July 11, 2019
As part of its mission to deliver holistic education to all, the Ministry of Education through the Minister of Education, Dr. the Honourable Nicolette Henry held a meeting today with the Regional Education Officers (REdOs), the District Education Officers (DEOs), Subject Specialists and other key personnel within the ministry. She charged them to continue to work efficiently and effectively to provide the essential service to the people of Guyana.
The meeting, which came on the heels of the closure of the school year, was geared towards understanding the various regional constraints, discussing ongoing projects and other matters which the Honourable Minister believes are pertinent to the effective functioning of her ministry.
She stressed that having the largest budgetary allocation and playing such a vital role in the lives of the country’s human resources means that greater accountability must be established, and better professional practices must be observed.
Citing improved levels of service to the people of Guyana as her driving force, the Honourable Minister explained that preparations for the new school term, beginning in September, should be done in a timely fashion to ensure that students are given the best possible learning environment.
“I would like to get an understanding of where people are in terms of the implementation of their maintenance plans for all of the regions and what will be done during this period,” Minster Henry said.
In preparation for the new academic year, the Ministry’s Book Distribution Unit has commenced its Exercise and Textbook distribution exercise, and to date, all students in Barima-Waini, Region 1, have received books.
Speaking about areas for improvement in hinterland education delivery, Chief Education Officer (CEO), Dr. Marcel Hutson underscored the strides the ministry has made in the last few years to improve students’ access to quality education.
In this regard, he also pointed out that more can be done to deliver a more conducive learning experience to further close the gaps that exist between the hinterland and coastal education.
Results coming out of the recent National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) exams show a remarkable increase in hinterland student performance with Region 8, Potaro-Sipuruni being titled the most improved region. In fact, every region had at least one student placed in a ‘top school’. This is evidence of the ministry’s commitment to bridging the disparities among the two areas.