PM charges alumni to invest in young people at J. C Chandisingh reunion

DPI, GUYANA, Saturday, July 5, 2017

Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo charged J. C Chandisingh alumni to invest in young people and aid in the development of Guyana. The Prime Minister made this charge at the J. C Chandisingh 21 years of alumni on Saturday in Corentyne, Berbice.

The Prime Minister told past and current students of the school they must not only remember who they were “but invest in who you could not have been. “We must invest in young people so they can become better than who we are or could not have been.”

Prime Minister Nagamootoo used the opportunity to reminisce on his humble beginnings and close relations with members from the J. C Chandisingh Secondary School alumni, especially his beloved wife Mr. Sita Nagamootoo.

The Prime Minister credited the school as one of excellence which produced successful students worldwide including tennis champions and cricketers. “You have passed through the J. C Chandisingh benefitting from an education that was inaccessible. J. C Chandisingh is one of the schools in Guyana who can credit itself for training great people. You’re all proud alumni of J. C Chandisingh.”

Prime Minister Nagamootoo concluded by presenting Rishi Persaud President of the J.C Chandisingh Global alumni copies of two books he authored, ‘Emancipation the African resistance’ and ‘Indian Culture and Courage 100th year of Abolition of Independence.’

Mrs Sita Nagamootoo, a past student of the then Corentyne High School was filled with nostalgia as she recalled her years at the school.

Mrs. Nagamootoon noted that, “though things have changed we are all proud of the J. C Chandisingh it helped to make Guyana a better place.” She thanked the past teachers for their hard work especially since in those days there were no social media or various technologies as there is now.

Minister of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan a past student also of the J.C Chandisingh Secondary School noted the importance of remembering where you came from. The Minister highlighted that he was equipped with many cultures from the school.

“It is important to pay homage to such a school, I remember when I used to read plenty days but it was because of that kind of education and discipline we had that generation which I feel was extraordinary and will go places.”

The Minister alluded to the great heights Guyana will be going especially with its oil and gas sector. He implored the local and overseas students to continue to support the school since their assistance continue to be important.

Past student of class of 1977 Diane Shields used the opportunity to thank all her teachers and others who aided in incorporating strong values in the students of the J. C Chandisingh Secondary School including the Public Security Minister Ramjattan. “You were the nurturers of our thirsty, impressionable minds, the shapers of our destiny and the foundation on which our futures were carved.”

Shields welcomed all those students who travelled from near and far especially those from overseas, who she urged to remain Guyanese. “You can take us out of this country, but you can never take this country out of us. We are Guyanese to the core and proud of it. I man barn ya!”

Prime Minister Nagamootoo was awarded as an honorary student while Minister Ramjattan was awarded from his alma mater. Outstanding athletes were also awarded medals and the homecoming queen for 2017 was crowned by Mrs. Nagamootoo.

J.C Chandisingh Secondary school was the former Corentyne High School but was renamed after its famous headmaster in 1980.

By: Ranetta La Fleur

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