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Friday, 30 November 2018 10:09

Education Minister visits schools in Berbice

… Canje Secondary agriculture programme comes in for praise

On Wednesday, November 28th 2018, Minister of Education Dr. the Hon. Nicolette Henry visited five (5) schools in Regions five (5) and six (6). The schools visited were Berbice Educational Institute (BEI), Vryman’s Erven and Canje Secondary schools in Region six (6) and Rosignol and Belladrum Secondary schools in Region five (5).

In an invited comment, Dr Henry said that the purpose of the school visits was to hear directly from the school administrations on what some of the challenges affecting the schools were and what interventions can be made by the Ministry of Education (MoE) to address those 20181203 22

The Education Minister explained that in addition to garnering feedback from the school administration and students, she also wanted to get a sense of the status of the science programmes that are currently being undertaken at these institutions. Further, Dr Henry was updated by the Regional Education Officers on the progress of the construction of the science laboratories at the institutions visited.

The Education Minister reminded that her Ministry has been advocating that greater emphasis is placed on the sciences in the schools and that there should be suitable and modern facilities to aid this 20181203 19

“We cannot produce scientists if we do not have proper functioning science labs, with the necessary amenities in our schools”.
Minister Henry said that her government has invested and will continue to invest in the education sector. Dr Henry noted that when Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan last Monday announced, during the 2019 budget presentation, that the education sector will benefit from a $52.2B budgetary allocation for 2019, that is testimony that tangible efforts are being made by the current administration to transform the country’s education 20181203 18

“As a sector, we have to be willing to explore innovative and fresh approaches if we are going to see significant changes in the education sector”. Dr Henry quipped. Further, Minister Henry said that it will not be a good use of ones’ time to continue in the same vein if the approach to anything in the education sector is not ‘bearing fruits’.news 20181203 21

During the visits, Minister Henry said she was impressed with the Agriculture science programme at Canje Secondary school. “What I see here at this school in terms of their agriculture programme can be a model for other schools”.

The Education Minister said that the school’s agriculture programme reminded her of the one that exists at President’s College. Canje Secondary has a large kitchen garden, the school is also rearing poultry and other animals as part of their agriculture programme.

In the coming weeks and months, the Education Minister said that she will be undertaking similar visits to other schools across the country as she continues to work to transform the education system.

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