Ministry of Education, Guyana

Technical and Vocational Education

There is a shortage of trained staff in some disciplines and equipment and physical facilities need to be upgraded.

Some of the problems in this sub-sector are similar to those for Science. Lack of trained staff in some disciplines is one of them. Between 2003 and 2007 about 322 technical teachers were trained. It should be noted that these are not all new entrants to the system; many are practicing teachers who are now being trained. The general view is that this is an inadequate number. The majority of tools and equipment are outdated and there are no specialist rooms to carry out the programme in some schools.

Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) is the application of Science and Technology and the reasons for the emphasis in this area are the same as those for Science and Technology, but it is being highlighted as a separate issue. TVET is delivered in 8 post secondary institutions under the control of the MOE. These institutions offer training up to Level 3 of the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ). This network of training institutions offers a wide range of training programmes in Secretarial Science, Building, Mechanical, Electrical, Craft Design and Hospitality subjects. These institutions are located in four regions and there is a demand for additional facilities in other regions.

Prevocational Education is offered in General Secondary Schools, Practical Instruction Centres, Community High Schools and several Primary Tops. The programmes done at this level can lead to CXC certification or to the Basic Competency Certificate. This type of training and education is seen as a vital link between the world of work and school.

The Ministry has received additional capital funds during the last two years to upgrade the prevocational programme in the schools offering the BCCP. There were some procurement problems in the first year so the programme has been slower off the ground than anticipated. The Ministry has also used these BCCP schools to offer a vocational programme (Skills for Life) to out-of-school youth. The recommendation is to gradually increase the number of schools that are properly equipped to offer this pathway.

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