(March 20, 2023) – Twelve teachers from schools across the coast are the first batch of persons who have completed their Post Graduate Diploma in Distance Education offered by the Indira Ghandi Open University (IGNOU) through the Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL.)

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The course which ran for one year and concluded in June,2022, saw the educators being trained in key components of distance education delivery such as television, radio and smart classrooms.

On Monday, the Honourable Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand met with the teachers in the Ministry’s boardroom.

During the meeting, Minister Manickchand congratulated the teachers on completing the programme. She noted that distance education can transform education delivery across the country.

Sharing their experiences, the teachers expressed they found the programme informative and relevant noting that it has enhanced the way in which lessons are delivered to their students. They also expressed their gratitude for being awarded the opportunity to further qualify themselves. 

Present in the meeting were the Chief Education Officer, Mr Saddam Hussain and Director of GOAL, Professor Jacob Opadeyi.

The teachers who completed the programme are:

Nandani Deonarine                            Saraswat Primary School                            Grade 9

Carleen Wendella Small                     West Minister Secondary School                Grades 9-10

Devta Ramroop                                  The Bishops' High School                            Grades 10-12

Abbigale Onica Munroe Samuels       No. 29 Primary School                                Grade 4

Chyanne Abigail Fredericks                Kuru Kururu Primary School                       Grade 5

Jenelle Anika Richards Percival         North Georgetown Secondary School         Grades 10-11

Belinda Onica Wilson                        Parika- Salem Secondary School                 Grade 5

Taramattie Dhatpaul                          Zeeburg Secondary School                          Grades 9-11

Charissa Anthea Frank                      Parfaite Harmony Primary School                Grade 3

Bibi Shameeza Hoosein                    Annandale Secondary School                      Grades 9-10

Maleeni Dudhnath                            Woodley Park Primary School                       Grade 5

Sashara Kimbely Dey                       Bel Air Primary School                                  Grade 4