Ministry of Education, Guyana

Distance Education

About us

The role of the Distance Education and Information Unit (NCERD) is one that provides, through the media of radio, television and print, public information support for the programmes and initiatives that comprise the national education curriculum. This unit presently produces three (3) main programmes, which are as follows:

  1. Broadcasts to Schools (BTS)
  2. Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI – Mathematics)
  3. Talking about Education (TAE)

The Broadcasts to Schools (BTS), Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI - Mathematics) and Talking about Education (TAE), use various forms of communication techniques, to enhance the education drive throughout Guyana. The three programmes combine traditional communication media - such as radio and compact discs (CDs,) oral communication and teaching techniques based on active learning pedagogy. This combination, is to improve the quality of the four core and additional areas/subjects, taught in the primary schools.

The Broadcasts to Schools (BTS) Unit was established on May 7, 1954. It was inaugurated by the Governor of British Guiana, Sir Alfred Savage, K. C. M. G. British Guiana was the second territory in the British Caribbean to introduce radio as an educational aid. This service was developed within the Information Services and was operated as a Unit of the Guyana Information Service (GIS). In 1989, in was incorporated with the National Centre for Educational Resource (NCERD) and the Unit renamed Distance Education and Information Unit. Ms. Celeste Dolphin was the first School Broadcast Organiser.

The Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI – Mathematics) series, was introduced in the primary schools of Guyana in February 2006. Prior to this date, lessons were piloted in some schools in Georgetown and four (4) schools in Annai District, Region 9. The methodology is being used in Grades 1, 2 and 3.

Components of Lessons

An IRI - Mathematics lesson has three components;

  1. Preparation time (5 minutes)
  2. Broadcast/CD lesson (25 minutes)
  3. After broadcast/CD lesson (20 minutes)

BROADCAST OF PROGRAMMES

Broadcasts to Schools (BTS) programmes are aired on Voice of Guyana (560 AM and 102.5 FM,) on Monday to Friday during the school term, between 13:30 – 14:00 hours.

Interactive Radio Instruction (IRI – Mathematics) programmes are aired on Voice of Guyana, on Monday to Thursday during the term. Friday there is no broadcast and it is set aside for the review of the week’s work.

  • Grade 1 – 09:30 – 10:00
  • Grade 2 – 10:30 – 11:00
  • Grade 3 – 13:00 – 13:30

Talking about Education (TAE) is a half hour programme which is aired on Voice of Guyana, on Monday and Thursday during the school term, at 20:00 hours.

Conversations is a half hour television programme which is aired on the Guyana Learning Channel on Saturday and repeat on Sunday, at 18:30 h

 

Pauline Stanford
Co-ordinator
Distance Education and Information Unit
National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD)
Battery Road
Kingston
Georgetown
Guyana
Tel. No. 226-6637

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