Ministry of Education, Guyana

Tuesday, 16 December 2014 09:02

Three new schools to be built under Improvement Project

Three new schools will be built under the Guyana Secondary Education Improvement Project (GSEIP) as the Education Ministry seeks to achieve Universal Secondary Education by 2015.

The Ministry has noted its dissatisfaction with not being able to meet the important goal this year, but said it is optimistic of reaching the target next year.
GSEIP is a US$10 million World Bank funded project geared to improve access to secondary education.
Education Minister Priya Manickchand said a total of US$7.15 million of the mentioned amount will go towards physical development of secondary schools and the construction of three new schools, namely at Parfait Harmony, Yarakabra and Good Hope.
“We have not as yet attained Universal Secondary Education in every region, although we have attained Universal Secondary Education in most of our regions, the Minister said, but noted that “we will not rest until Universal Secondary Education is available to all our secondary-age students.”
Construction of the schools is slated to begin in the New Year.
She assured that the locations of the schools were chosen based on assessments done by the Ministry and feedback from residents.
The schools are expected to provide access to some 3600 new secondary school students when completed next year.
According to the Ministry’s website, “an estimated 1800 students would’ve otherwise been excluded from secondary education”.
Of the 3600 students to be housed in the new schools, 56 per cent of them are expected to be females, a big boost to education and development of young girls.
Furniture and other essentials for the new schools have been budgeted for under the GSEIP Project.
A component of the project also focuses on capacity-building and project management skills. Some US$1.05 million has been allocated for this aspect of the project, which seeks to strengthen the Education Management Information System (EMIS).

Source: Guyana Times

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