Ministry of Education, Guyana

Universal Secondary Education (USE)

This objective has been one of the priorities of the Government of Guyana and MOE during the last period. The country has been able to achieve what amounts to full coverage at the nursery and primary levels but secondary education only covers 78% of the relevant age cohort. The report on USE has recommended several actions considered strategic, which will be adopted in this plan.

  • MOE will establish a system that provides access to all the population of the relevant age cohort according to specific regional characteristics and needs, but regional differences in quality (between hinterland, rural/coastal and urban/coastal regions) must be reduced. Each region has particular characteristics that demand flexibility if USE is going to be achieved. Wherever possible larger schools will be established as the report found a strong correlation between the size of schools and the quality of education offered. Current analysis indicates that over the plan period six new schools will be established and another 10 will be extended and equipped with better facilities to offer a secondary programme.
  • Greater emphasis will be placed on mathematics, science and technology with the purpose of providing the young graduates with sufficient tools to be productively incorporated in the economy and to make Guyana a more competitive society.
  • MOE will promote higher attendance of teachers and students (especially males) within schools. The drop-out rate is too high and is hindering the chances of a productive life for many young people unable to finish secondary school successfully.
  • The scope of the curriculum will be broadened to include areas such as the arts, sports and physical education and culture-specific skills (e.g. weaving, basketry) in Amerindian communities. These inclusions would make attendance to schools more attractive to young persons and as such contribute to lowering the drop-out rate and increasing attendance.
  • The country has a number of post secondary technical and vocational institutions that provide the population with an alternative choice to a purely academic curriculum. They form an important link between the educational system and the job market. MOE will strengthen the links between these technical schools and secondary schools within their cluster so that access to their facilities and staff could support the development of more interesting and effective curricula for young persons willing to take technical courses, as well as young unemployed adults, or those wishing to gain better employment.
  • Special efforts will be made to improve and retain the proportion of trained teachers at this level to improve efficiency and quality student outcomes.
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