Ministry of Education, Guyana

About NCERD

Mission Statement

The Mission Statement of the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) states as follows

  • To plan and implement all in-service teacher education programmes, in order to improve the quality of education at all levels in the system so that education may serve as an effective instrument of social and economic development.

Specifically, NCERD intends to develop and implement In-Service Teacher Education Programmes that are designed to

  • Enhance the capacities of Guyanese schools to become effective, inclusive and successful learning communities.
  • Deliver quality education through the dissemination of well researched pedagogical findings.
  • Create environments and opportunities that will facilitate, nurture and sustain the empowerment of students and teachers through the optimal development and actualization of individual potentials.

Vision Statement

NCERD was established in 1986 to coordinate the functions initially of six Units. Later, the School Libraries Division & Document Centre was established thus expanding the coordinating functions to cover seven Units. The Vision of the institution states:

  • NCERD sees a highly professional, accountable, modern and democratic education service that has the capacity to actualize the variety of individual potentials which will form the bedrock of social and economic development of Guyana.

Organisation and Management

Under the umbrella of NCERD the work of the following Units are coordinated:

  • Curriculum Development and Implementation Unit
  • Measurement, Evaluation and Research Unit
  • Learning Resources Development Unit
  • Materials Production Unit
  • Distance Education and Information Unit
  • School Libraries Division
  • Administrative Unit

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide In-service and continuous training (professional, continuous growth and development) for teachers and other personnel.
  • Expand opportunities for in-service teacher education.
  • Develop, test, implement and evaluate curriculum for Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools.
  • Advise on policy guidelines which relate specifically to Regional Learning Resources Centres (RLRC).
  • Keep abreast of international trends in education and collaborate with other professionals.
  • Monitor and evaluate the functioning of RLRC’s.
  • Conceptualize, develop, evaluate and procure learning resources.
  • Train library assistants, laboratory technicians and teacher librarians.
  • Promote the practice of more effective teaching strategies.
  • Provide assistance in the area of classroom management;
  • Ensure that the curriculum is grounded in practice.
  • Ensure that the process of integration and infusion guide the approach in curriculum development.
  • Ensure the unitary delivery of the curriculum in contrast to a fragmented subject-based approach.
  • Encourage the participation of all stakeholders in the developmental process of materials created for schools.
  • Train a cadre of teachers in Curriculum Management techniques in each Region.
  • Provide training support for practising teachers.
  • Prepare and make necessary adjustments to annual work programme and budget estimates.