Region 2 sees continuous development under Coalition Govt
―Achievements in education highlighted
DPI, Guyana, Tuesday, January 14, 2020
During a recent visit to Mainstay Lake in Region 2, Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr. George Norton noted the improvements the region has seen over the years, highlighting, in particular, the academic achievements.
In 2019 11-year-old, Venisha Lall, formerly of CV Nunes Primary School, topped the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) and Anna Regina Secondary School student Riana Toney topped the country at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination.
According to Minister Norton, one of the measures that lent itself to this academic success were the advances made through the National School Feeding Programme. The minister indicated that the number of schools in the Pomeroon-Supenaam area that have implemented this initiative moved from 105 to over 170 schools and from 3,000 students to a massive 15,000 students who now enjoy the benefits of the programme.
Headmistress of Mainstay Lake Primary School, Ms. Tomala substantiated the Minister’s statement noting that the school feeding programme has contributed significantly to schools’ attendance rate in the region – with and over 80 percent attendance record.
“With the school feeding, we have been able to receive a lot of money from the government. Daily, our children, they have been coming to school and they have been improving in their academic performance.”
Mainstay Lake’s Toshoa, Milton Fredricks, highlighted a substantial development the village has enjoyed under APNU’s governing. “I wrote the president requesting an extension of electricity in certain parts… [the engineer of GPL] was mandated by the president to see that Mainstay get its extension [of electricity] before Christmas,” Fredricks explained.
While in the community Minister Norton also handed over several hampers.