Ministry of Education, Guyana

Sunday, 20 January 2019 09:34

Curriculum reform spurs success in Region 10

Nursery Field Officer of Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Upper Berbice) Fayann Tappin-Benn has reported that the Ministry of Education National Curriculum Reform has been a source of positive change at the nursery level in the region.

Tappin-Benn noted that it is her duty to visit nursery schools across the region and has observed during her visits, not only the improvement in how pupils are reacting to the new content, but delivery of the content as well.

She was at the time speaking at a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) meeting at the Pine Street Nursery School in Linden. There, parents were updated on what the programme is all about, how their children are benefiting and how they can get involved; the process, she said, requires inputs from not only the teachers, but from parents as well.
Tappin-Benn reported significant improvements not only at nursery schools in Linden, but in outlying areas also.

She also thanked the teachers of the Pine Street Nursery School for a job well done in delivering the reformed curriculum at the highest standard expected. Benn said she will continue to work assiduously in ensuring that the reformed delivery is implemented at all nursery schools across the region.

“It is my duty to ensure that the project is being delivered and I will continue to work assiduously to ensure that your children benefit from this,” she said. Parents also promised to work along with the teachers to ensure that their children are indeed the main beneficiaries.

The National Curriculum Reform was executed under the Guyana Education Sector Improvement Project (GESIP) with the aim of re-engineering success in education at all levels of learning. The objective of the programme is to improve Guyanese students’ achievements in basic education, to create a balanced 21st century Guyanese curriculum and to strengthen the Guyanese teaching and learning process. This is being done through implementing a phased revision of the curriculum beginning with mathematics, promoting student-centred approaches to teaching and learning by improved methods, materials and assessments; paying close attention to cross-cutting issues of gender, special education needs and social and cultural inclusion, are also part of this approach. “Curriculum reform has become one of the highest priorities in the government’s sector development programme,” Tappin-Benn said.

The process, through consultation, includes existing curricula to see what is still beneficial and supplementing that with new curricula, aligned with international best practices. GESIP funding is pegged at some US$6.03 million and is funded by the World Bank.


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