Ministry of Education, Guyana

Wednesday, 22 January 2020 09:07

Truancy Campaigns continue in Stabroek environs

…Welfare Officers up the ante of School visits

The ante has been upped by the Schools Welfare Department of the Ministry of Education as part of interventions to eradicate truancy and eliminate violence in schools.

On Tuesday a team of Welfare officers and counsellors again conducted targeted campaigns in the Stabroek Market area to get a better understanding and to treat with students’ late attendance and loitering in the Stabroek environs. Several students who offered various reasons for their presence at the location were offered guidance by the Ministry officials in the safety and privacy of the Mobile Psychosocial Unit.news 20200123

Some were placed on public transportation while others were transported to their school by way of transportation from the Ministry of Education.

Also, today, Welfare Officers up the ante of School visits such as at South Ruimveldt Park Secondary where the students were addressed individually as well as in a collective assembly Hall setting by a team of Senior Guidance and counsellor School’s Welfare Officers.

Yesterday, Chief Schools Welfare Officer, Ms Gillian Vyphuis said that the department took a decision after it was noticed that most mornings some children go to school late. news 20200123 2She said that among the issues which fall under the scope of the department are attendance and punctuality, as such the officers from the department have commenced this intervention to ensure that students get to school on time. “What we did this morning, was to round-up children who were loitering and those that were actually late. Help them to enter a bus so that they can go to school.”

According to Ms Vyphuis, the exercise is done on a daily basis and began on the first day of school for this term. She said that since the campaign began, the department has noticed a decrease in loitering by students.

Ms Vyphuis’ message to parents is that they need to encourage their children to attend school daily and punctually because education is the key to success. In the case of children that are late on a daily basis, the department will try to transfer the student to a school closer to their residence so that they can arrive at school on time and benefit from more classroom hours.

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