Ministry of Education, Guyana

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Writen on Monday, 28 April 2014 Published in EduBlog

early-childhood-developmentGuyana is on the U.N. list of Small Island Developing States, but don’t be fooled: It is not an island, nor is it particularly small.  Its Amerindian name means “Land of Many Waters,” a more accurate description, and a source of some of the challenges the country faces in providing quality education to children living in the most remote areas.

Last month, the World Bank hosted Guyana’s Minister of Education Priya Manickhand to discuss early childhood development. Minister Manickhand specifically asked us three questions that we’ve heard many times over the last few years from policymakers in Latin America and the Caribbean:

Writen on Tuesday, 15 April 2014 Published in EduBlog

As over fifteen thousand of the nation's pupils prepare to write the National Grade Six Assessment, it is fitting that we should address some of the related concerns surrounding the assessment and its perceived or real implications vis-à-vis education in Guyana in general. It is my opinion that many of our children writing this assessment are placed under an inordinate amount of pressure - I have had first-hand exposure to this on numerous occasions.

This phenomenon is rooted in various historical elements of our country's education system. It would have emerged to a large extent from a pre-existing belief pattern that one's only chance of "doing well' in life, depended on that pupil earning one of the highly coveted, very limited places at the more "elite” secondary institutions.

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