Ministry of Education, Guyana

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 08:22

Ministry of Education commissions new extension of Fort Wellington Secondary School

Cutting the ribbon: Minister Priya Manickchand and studentsat the commissioning of Fort Wellington Secondary School's new extension Cutting the ribbon: Minister Priya Manickchand and studentsat the commissioning of Fort Wellington Secondary School's new extension www.facebook.com/MinistryOfEducationGuyana

On Monday October 21, 2013, the Ministry of Education (MOE) commissioned the new wing of the Fort Wellington Secondary School in Region 5. In a very simple, but memorable ceremony attended by students, teachers, parents, regional and education officials, the Honorable Minister of Education, Ms. Priya Manickchand cut the ribbon and officially handed over to the school’s administration the new building which has the capacity to accommodate 150 students.

In delivering her remarks before the ribbon cutting, the Honorable Minister underscored the government’s commitment to continuous investment in improving the quality of education offered in Guyana. “His Excellency, President Donald Ramotar posited while campaigning with People’s Progressive Party (PPP) at the last general elections, that before the end of his term in office his government will work assiduously to achieve universal secondary education,” the minister said.

She shared with the gathering that: “We have acquired universal primary education, which means that as a nation we have achieved the United Nations Millennium Goal Number 2. This means that every single child of the primary age cohort in this country can access a primary education. Now that we attained universal primary education, the conversation is moving from providing access, to enhancing the quality of primary education universally offered in Guyana.”

In keeping with the strides made by the Ministry in collaboration with the Government of Guyana (GOG) in achieving universal primary education, likewise together they are firmly set on achieving universal secondary education. “This means that every single child of the secondary age cohort will be able to access a secondary school throughout Guyana,” the minister stated.

The Minister further expressed to the gathering that even as together with the government, the MOE is embarking on establishing universal secondary education, Region 5 has already achieved this remarkable feat with every child of secondary school age having access a secondary school in the region. She was quick to point out, however, that much work needs to be done in sustaining the education achievements made by the region.

“Even as we have achieved universal secondary education in region 5 we are looking to do even more. We are working to ensure that each child has a place in a discreet secondary school. We must move past our primary tops despite how well they have been preforming having offered their students the opportunity to write CSEC,” the minister said.

Region 5 is well positioned within the education sector and is where the ministry intends for it to be. The minster sees work being done within the region worthy of emulation by other regions.

The Minister highlighted that a number of other schools will be commissioned throughout the region such as the extension of Novar Primary, the new Woodley Park Secondary School, as well as the commissioning of Bygeval and Rosignol Secondary Schools as A Listed Schools.

The minister charged the students present to make the best use of the new and improved facilities being provided for them. She told them that that it was their responsibility to justify the investment made by the GOG by qualifying themselves at the highest level.

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