Ministry of Education, Guyana

Friday, 29 September 2017 15:32

Students and teachers reminded about the importance of regular school attendance at Award Ceremony

news 20170929 4The Ministry of Education as part of its Education month activities on Friday September 29th, 2017 presented awards for outstanding school attendance to seventy-four schools from across the country at the National Cultural Centre. The schools were chosen after they achieved an overall attendance rate of 95 percent or above. 

Addressing the audience that included teachers, students and Ministry of Education officials; the Minister of Education Hon Nicolette Henry MP said that regular school attendance is vital.
The Minister said this is necessary for children to achieve the best possible start in life. Further, she explained that it is the right of every child between the ages of four and sixteen to receive a quality education.
It is towards this end that the Minister implored teachers, parents, communities and other stakeholders to play a meaningful role in ensuring that the nation’s children attend school regularly. Additionally, she urged teachers and their supporting staff to continue working to ensure schools are a fun and exciting place for 20170929 3
The Minister explained that school is a ‘home away from home’ and pupils should look forward to being there. Minister. Henry believes that if this is achieved attendance rate will continue to improve.
She said the correlation between good school attendance and successful professional careers cannot go unnoticed as well as the consequences of poor attendance.
Minister Henry told the gathering that the consequences of low attendance have a negative impact on communities and its members. She said those youths who are frequently absent from school are more likely to be involved in or be victims of crime and anti-social behavior.
Also addressing the ceremony was Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson who posited that excellence in attendance should be rewarded. Hutson explained that this is underscored due to the impact it has on society. news 20170929 5
The CEO said that good school attendance helps students to develop social skills which are vital as they prepare for the world of work and if they are not in school regularly this cannot be achieved.
The CEO urged parents to play a meaningful role in this regard. He said that parents should always impress upon their children the importance of education and how they would benefit in the long term.
The CEO called on schools to implement policies to further improve attendance in schools 20170929 2
Three schools, St Margret’s Primary, St Gabriel Nursery and St Stanislaus College received special awards for being the schools that would have had the most pupils with a 100 percent attendance rate.
This year Education Month is being celebrated under the theme “Promoting wellness in Communities Through Quality Education”.

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