(September 19, 2023) – On Tuesday, the Honourable Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand commissioned the Doodnauth Hetram block at Queen’s College.


The $103.5 million block features 8 classrooms, washroom facilities, and a home economics lab and will accommodate approximately 200 Queen’s College sixth form students.

Delivering the feature address, Minister Manickchand stated that the Ministry of Education has been assiduously working to provide safe and comfortable learning environments for students across the country. She noted that the commissioning of a new block caters to the growing population of the school.

She explained that the idea behind the expansion of the school is to provide more students to benefit from the opportunities and quality of education offered by the institution. She noted that this is the approach at the five national schools (Queen’s College, the Bishops’ High, St. Stanislaus College, St. Rose’s High School and St. Joseph High School). She said that by expanding these schools, more students can be placed and accommodated.

The Education Minister further highlighted that the Government continues to invest heavily in the education sector. She stated that as Guyana continues to develop, students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities available to them.

While giving a background to the new block, the Principal of the Queen’s College, Ms. Rajkumarie Lall stated that it was named after Mr Doonauth Hetram a former principal to commemorate his nineteen years of service to the school. He was the first Guyanese principal of the institution and served in that capacity from 1963 to 1969.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the school’s Board of Governors, Mr. Marcel Gaskin expressed that the Doodnauth Hetram block is a welcomed addition to the institution’s facilities.