Ministry of Education, Guyana

Friday, 12 February 2016 13:57

2016 National Budget Presentation, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, Honourable Minister of Education

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Even against this backdrop, in keeping with the Ministry’s Action Plan and with a view to the actual state of the sector, a number of policies were formulated and initiated. The most notable of such initiatives are:

  1. The use of the grade two and four assessments purely for diagnostic purposes and the attendant follow-up; and the use of the grade six assessment, solely, for the determination of placement in post primary schools.
  2. The lowering of the entry age for nursery schools from 3 years, 9 months to 3 years, 6 months.
  3. The raising of the age for qualification to write Grade Six Assessment from 12 to 13 years, thus eliminating the need for unwarranted acceleration solely for the purpose of writing the SSCE examination even though the pupil might not be preferred.
  4. The engagement of the Caribbean Examinations Council to develop and administrate grades 2, 4 and 6 assessments while simultaneously building NCERD’s capacity in that area with the intention of restoring the function to NCERD in the medium term.
  5. Development of the mechanism to ensure that the CSEC SBAs are submitted by January 31st, each year.
  6. The review of the status of Parent-Teachers Associations countrywide, with a view to ensuring that they are established and functioning.
  7. Review of the student reports system and parent-teachers conference arrangements with the intent of ensuring that reports are provided in a timely manner and parents are actively involved in their children’ welfare.
  8. The drafting of a universal prayer for schools and a consultative process to achieve consensus on the prayer in recognition of the plural nature of Guyanese society.
  9. The crafting of a sports and physical education survey instrument which is to be used to determine what steps should be taken to ensure that sports and physical education find their rightful place in the school system.
  10. The induction of a cohort of Education Cadet Officers. This programme is intended to improve the quality of administrators in, and administration of, the education system.

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