Ministry of Education, Guyana

Improving School/Classroom Environment

Focus will be on:

Improvement of Physical Facilities/Infrastructure

Children are likely to learn better when in safe, comfortable buildings with sufficient space and adequate facilities. Good physical facilities also affect parents’ attitude to the school and teachers’ morale in a positive manner. Improving physical facilities is therefore a key factor in improving education delivery.

Over the plan period the Ministry will continue to invest in rehabilitating and renovating the existing building stock, and simultaneously encourage better routine and planned maintenance. Schools will be supported to become more involved and take more responsibility for maintenance issues. The MOE will develop and implement a strategy for management of physical facilities which will ensure that funds are targeted effectively, providing good value for money and support other policies and strategies set out by the Ministry. These include meeting non-academic standards in all schools and further expansion of nursery and secondary education. Special attention will be paid to the condition of sanitary facilities in schools and the provision or improvement of utilities such as water and electricity. The Ministry will continue to expand the programmes which have been piloted with assistance from UNICEF and PAHO.


Child-friendly Institutions

With the implementation of child-friendly methods in several schools, there have been gains in attendance and participation of students, parents and communities. The development of a child-friendly environment and the promotion of better health practices in the schools will be rolled out in each region on a systematic basis with the assistance of UNICEF and other development partners.

The Ministry will continue to give financial support to schools which have School Improvement Plans (SIP) that improve the school/classroom environment and the quality of learning generally.
The Ministry will intensify its collaboration with stakeholders, and in particular, with parents, alumni associations, the private sector and members of the immediate school community. The creation of School Boards will continue and the formation of Parent Teachers Associations (PTA) and the training of members of these groups to meaningfully support the school will continue under the aegis of the recently appointed PTA Coordinator.


Instructional Time

The improvement of attendance at schools will require several strategies. The goal is clear; the level of attendance should rise to close to 90% as an overall rate but the actions to be taken will be designed according to the local and regional characteristics e.g. some flexibility to the school term in specific regions because of weather or production patterns may be considered. The enhanced welfare sections of all regional departments will give strong emphasis to partnerships with parents and to other methods of dealing with the issue.


Innovative Technology

MOE’s initiatives to upgrade computer technology within the Ministry are summarised in a specific section on ICT. In addition to the actions outlined in that section the Ministry will intensify its efforts to widen access to educational activities and reduce educational inequity through distance and open learning. As previously indicated the Ministry will continue to deliver mathematics to Grades 1 to 3 through IRI. The training of teachers via distance learning will continue and delivery of the programme will expand beyond the print mode to include the use of audio-visual materials and possibly on-line programmes. Videotapes and computer programmes will also be used at the secondary level to support classroom teaching and also to provide self learning opportunities in the absence of a teacher. The University of Guyana has also outlined in its strategic plan its intention to develop distance education programmes in a wide range of subject areas.

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