The Education Ministry has announced that more than 5000 public and private school teachers have registered and 1700 are currently engaged in its training to deliver online learning.
The Ministry launched the training in response to calls from teachers across the country for assistance to deliver online education.
“I am happy to report that from then to now, we had 5034 teachers registered, as of three days ago … and 1700 actively on the platform,” Minister Priya Manickchand said during Wednesday’s Budget Estimates session.
The Minister castigated the previous Administration for failing to implement the programme and minimise learning losses during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Department of Public Information (DPI) report stated that the Minister told the House that while most countries in the Caribbean would have completed training their teachers, Guyana was playing catch-up.
“The reason nothing happened in [those] five months when other Caribbean countries were scrambling to serve their people, has to lay on the feet of the former Minister,” Minister Manickchand said.
The 100-hour programme is facilitated by the Ministry in partnership with the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the ProFuturo Foundation. It will provide teachers with the necessary knowledge and Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills to teach in virtual classrooms across various platforms.
The programme started on August 15 countrywide with special access measures for hinterland teachers.