Ministry of Education, Guyana

Monday, 12 October 2020 09:46

Education Minister engages parents of students placed at incomplete Good Hope Secondary

… School 75% complete; slated to be completed in August 2021

One Hundred and Ninety-Five (195) students who were placed at the incomplete Good Hope Secondary school on the East Coast of Demerara (ECD), after writing the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) 2020 will start online teaching interaction in two weeks with their teachers. This suggestion was made by a parent, Ms Beena Ganesh during the meeting held at the Good Hope Secondary School.news 20201013 2
This was communicated to the more than 100 parents of the students by the Honourable Minister of Education Priya Manickchand, who requested to have the meeting today to provide an update on the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) plans for the institution. From the outset, the Education Minister expressed her dissatisfaction owing to the fact that the school was meant to be completed in January of this year.
She told parents she understands their frustration that their children worked hard and were awarded places at this Grade ‘A’ institution but cannot attend. Minister Manickchand told the parents that the school is now set to be completed by August 2021.
The school is 75% completed to date.
Notwithstanding, she indicated to loud applause that when completed the 195 students will have the first preference to attend if they so desire. Providing an overview of the rationale for the building of the school, Minister Manickchand told parents that in 2014 her government recognised that there was a need to provide universal secondary education for students across the country.news 20201013 1
During the cordial and informative discourse, the Education Minister told the parents that the funding for this school was secured in 2015 and students should have been benefitting by now. The construction of the school is being funded by the World Bank through the Guyana Secondary Education Improvement Project (GSEIP).
During the discussion, a parent Vibert Adams said that the MoE and the Minister of Education should be commended for such an initiative since he was not sure of what the state of affairs was in relation to the unfinished structure.
Representation was also made for additional entrances to the community since there is only one bridge that leads into the Good Hope community. Regional Chairman for Region Four Mr Daniel Seeram who was present assured that he will consult with the Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) to ensure that these concerns are addressed and necessary infrastructural works can commence.
The $857M Good Hope Secondary School when completed will accommodate 800 students. The school will have as part of its outfit, classrooms that cater to students with disabilities. There will be modern Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) departments for Home Economics, Home Management and Clothing and Textile.news 20201013 Added to the aforementioned departments, there will be an Information Technology, Mathematics, Language and Audio Visual laboratories.
The school will also house Biology, Chemistry and Physics labs. A Unit of Allied Arts, a modern Library, a multi-purpose hall and a modern administration block will complete this spanking new structure. The school is being built by BK Construction Inc. with Deen and Partners/ SRKN Engineering as the consulting firm.
Also attending the meeting was the MoE’s Permanent Secretary Mr Alfred King, the Chief Education Officer Dr Marcel Hutson, the Regional Education Officer for Region Four Ms Tiffany Harvey, the Deputy Chief Education Officer (Development) Ms Volika Jaikishun, the Superintendent of Examination Ms Saudia Kadir, the Assistant Chief Education Officer (Primary) Mr Rabindra Singh, the Assistant Chief Education Officer- Secondary Mr Amir Ali and other senior Education officials.

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