Ministry of Education, Guyana

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 16:22

More money, better qualified educators for the University of Guyana

-- Education provided for Guyanese citizens is going to become the envy of the Caribbean—Dr. Roopnaraine

 Students, lecturers and concerned Guyanese have been calling for more focus to be placed on the development of the University of Guyana over the past number of years. At a recent event held by the Guyana National Youth Council, the Honourable Minister of Education acknowledged that the state of affairs at the University of Guyana is appalling.

Having been a member of the University of Guyana’s Council, Dr. Roopnaraine said that UG is in a ‘mess.’ He told the gathering of young people that the Government will work to ensure that more money is allocated to the University.

Turning his attention to the quality of the lecturers, the minister stated that he does not want persons with first degrees to be lecturing at UG. “ I want to ensure the we have people there with academic and professional experience,” he added. For the University to have the best cadre of lecturers and teachers to deliver the best education possible to students, the institution has to compete internationally to attract the type of well trained and experienced persons needed to lift the quality of education at that level. “We must settle for nothing less,” he says.

The Education Minister also reiterated his desire to transform the system from, as early as nursery to ensure that the nourishment is provided so that all students can have a rich and rewarding experience. To lend to the rich and rewarding experience, Dr. Roopnaraine said that he is currently in talks with a group of local musicians regarding the inclusion of music in the classroom. The Minister’s ambition is clear. At every opportunity, he stated that his ambition is that the education provided for Guyanese citizens is going to become the envy of the Caribbean.

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