Ministry of Education, Guyana

Monday, 08 July 2013 10:49

Ms. Jennifer Cumberbatch


Ms. Jennifer Cumberbatch
Director of NCERD

With the backing of 38 years of experience as an educator, Jennifer Cumberbatch was appointed as Director of NCERD in October 2012.Mrs. Cumberbatch was formerly attached to NCERD as Science text book writer, subject specialist in Science, curriculum writer and radio teacher on the Broadcast to Schools and Interactive Radio Instruction Programme. She was also a member of the board of CPCE and the Teacher Education Advisory Board. She continues to serve on several boards. This long serving educator is the holder of several awards for academic achievement including the President's Medal (1999) and Teacher of the Year, Georgetown. As headmistress she inspired her students, teachers, parents and fellow head-teachers alike. She was often called Judge Judy by her pupils due to her wisdom in settling 'cases' at school. Her favorite pieces of advice to her teachers were be sure to be worth your salt and don't collect money under false pretenses. She really enjoyed teaching children and just being with them. Another of her favorite activities is helping teachers to be better at their jobs. Out of her concern for teachers she became quite involved in the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU), even becoming Deputy General Secretary. When not hard at work Mrs. Cumberbatch enjoyed gardening, reading a good book, family time and looking at movies which involved detectives. She also enjoys singing in church and at concerts. She loves the Lord, who is her driving force. She is happily married to Raymond and has three lovely grown children.


As a young Secondary School leaver, she entered the Government Training College (GTC) in 1975 and left a graduate of the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) with a First Class Grade One trained teacher's certificate. Prior to assuming the post at NCERD Mrs. Cumberbatch served as Head-teacher of the Winfer Gardens Primary School. She holds not only a Certificate of Education and a Bachelor of Education Degree in Administration and Teaching with Distinction from the University of Guyana but also a Masters in Education.

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Monday, 08 July 2013 09:29

Ms. Petal Punalall-Jetoo


Ms. Petal Punalall-Jetoo
National Science Coordinator(NCERD)

Ms. Petal Punalall-Jetoo is the National Science Coordinator and heads the Science Unit within the Ministry of Education NCERD, Guyana. She is responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring programmes that improve Secondary School science education. She introduced the Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) pilot project for Primary Schools in collaboration with the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS) and UNESCO. Ms. Punalall-Jetoo is a member of CAS and is part of the teacher training team. Ms. Punalall-Jetoo is also the country representative for the Caribbean Science Foundation. She coordinated the development of a television series that focused on Biodiversity Awareness and Climate Change. Ms. Punalall-Jetoo led the reintroduction of the use of the Microscience experiments kits for biology, chemistry and physics through collaboration with UNESCO for secondary schools.

Prior to her career in science education Ms. Punalall-Jetoo worked with the Guyana Sugar Corporation Incorporated – GuySuCo as the Regional Process Technologist (Demerara). She was responsible for sugar production and quality in the four Demerara Estates. In addition, Ms. Punalall-Jetoo coordinated the establishment of GuySuCo’s Quality Management System which achieved ISO 9001 certification in 2005 for its Blairmont Sugar Estate. As an Associate Consultant with Delphi Consultants, Trinidad she provided the technical support that led to the establishment of the Quality Management System which is certified to ISO 9001:2008 requirements for the Guyana’s flour milling company – Namilco. She is a trained lead auditor in ISO 9001 and ISO 22000.

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Over the last few weeks the Education Ministry has moved forward with discussions on improving the delivery of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in Guyana. Today the Council for TVET and the Caricom-Education for Empowerment Project/ Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) hosted at workshop at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) where focus was placed on quality assurance requirements for the delivery of the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ).

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