Ministry of Education, Guyana

Science and Technology Strategies

Appropriate activities in science and technology will be introduced to students from the earliest levels. However, the Ministry will give special emphasis in this plan to improving the number and quality of science and technology graduates from the secondary level and thereby increase the number entering these fields at post secondary level. The following actions will be undertaken:

  • Teaching of the separate sciences – biology, chemistry and physics for example – will commence at Grade 9 from 2009. This will allow for a steady increase of entries to CXC CSEC sciences to grow by 15% annually over the next five years.
  • Secondary schools will offer technical vocational subjects starting at Grade 9. Over the next five years, 60% of secondary schools will offer technical vocational subjects and the number of subject entries at the CXC CSEC examination will grow by 15% annually.
  • There will be a 10% per year increase in the supply of trained teachers in science and technology education.
  • The Ministry of Education will continue to support the biennial Regional and National Science, Mathematics and Technology Fairs as well as the CARICOM Science Fair.
  • A National Science and Technology Coordinator will be appointed in 2009 to oversee the implementation of all aspects of the National Science and Technology Education Plan which he/she will have the responsibility to craft in consultation with Science and Technology Institutions and experts.
  • A mobile science laboratory will be established within the next three years to promote active learning of science through on-the-job teacher training.

To encourage greater numbers of students and teachers pursuing science and technology education, the following will be implemented as of 2009:

  • All students writing CXC CSEC separate sciences and technical vocational subjects will be exempted from paying subject entries for those subjects.
  • Scholarships given to science and technology disciplines will grow by 10% in each year over the next five years.
  • Science and technology institutions will have designated open days for the public to appreciate the various science and technology work undertaken by both staff and students as indicated.
  • An integral part of the Careers Guidance Programme will be the promotion of science and technology.
  • Utilization of the distance education mode of delivery of science and technology at all levels of the education system.
  • A quota system for training in the sciences and technology disciplines will be put in place at CPCE.
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