‘Good readers make better leaders’ – Min. Ramjattan

– 78 graduate from Belle West, Primary

– top performer cops Bishops’ High School

DPI, Guyana, Saturday, July 6, 2019

“Good readers make better leaders” this was the refrain left with the Grade Six class of Belle West Primary by Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan.

The minister was at the time delivering the feature address at the graduation ceremony for the students who sat the 2019 National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) exam. The school’s top performer gained a placement at the Bishops’ High School.

Minister Ramjattan encouraged the students to always be focused as there will be more academic challenges as they pursue higher education.

“Continuing reading and you will do well academically and professionally. Read more books, newspapers, anything that comes across your path because good readers make better leaders.”

In his remarks, the minister also noted that with the recent performance at the NGSAs he is assured that the education system is in good hands at all levels. He, in particular, highlighted the support at the local level that ensured this success.

“It takes a village to raise a child and most importantly, we must recognise teachers in the rural areas that go the extra mile for their students, we must also recognise the parents who are essential in moulding a child in the right way so they can be successful.” 

In her report, Headteacher, Pabattie Allie noted that “the students here today have done exceptionally well and every graduating student worked hard at the examination. They were disciplined and courageous. Out of the 78 students who wrote the examination, we received good passes in the various subjects. For English Language 71%, Science 51%, Social Studies 39 percent and Mathematics 64%.  I must proudly say that one of our students received full marks in Mathematics.”

Delivering on a promise made earlier, Minister Ramjattan donated 100 Oxford Dictionaries to the school.

Images: Jules Gibson