Ministry of Education, Guyana

Monday, 28 October 2013 00:00

The Ministry of Education commissions East Street Nursery School

The Ministry of Education (MOE) today commissioned the brand new East Street Nursery School which comfortably accommodates 152 pupils. In a very simple ceremony attended by parents, teachers and ministry officials, the commissioning ceremony was beautifully performed with a rich mix of cultural items by children, parents and teachers of East Street Nursery School, with musical accompaniment by the Dolphin Secondary Steel Orchestra.

Delivering the keynote address was the Honorable Minister of Education, Ms. Priya Manickchand who commenced by expressing her distinct pleasure to be commissioning the East Street Nursery School just after Guyana was announced winner of five of the eight awards offered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) level. She emphasized that in order to do well at CSEC the proper foundations must be made during the formative learning years of which nursery education plays a pivotal role.

The Minister spoke of how Guyana continues to make progressive strides with an education sector that is rapidly improving. “This education sector is at the highest point it has ever been. Just recently we graduated the highest number of teachers this country has ever seen; about 849 trained teachers graduated from the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE). We are paying our teachers the best salaries they have ever enjoyed in this country; and this will only improve under this government. And we do not feel as a government that we are doing the people a favor. We believe that when we provide the infrastructure and all the necessary mechanisms to enable learning in the education system, that we are fulfilling the mandate the people of Guyana have given us when they selected us to be their servants,” the Minister told the gathering.

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“This education sector is poised so that your children can be the best they can be.”

  Honorable Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand

 

The Minister emphasized that a school is not a building. She said while schools require good and proper buildings, and while the government stands resolutely committed to providing durable modern infrastructure for schools, a good school requires a working partnership of teachers, parents, pupils and the community at large. “A good school requires a good physical infrastructure, a good headmistress who is professional and an astute manager, as well as teachers who are committed to using their training to ensure they get the very best from the students for whom they are responsible,” the Minister said.

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She underscored that teachers must continue to develop themselves. “A good teacher,” she said “is one who continues to voluntarily develop him or herself in the latest teaching techniques and strategies, and who is willing to try new things in the classroom in an effort to affect better learning among the children they teach.”
Parents were asked to play a more visible and active role in the lives of their children while they are in school. “Parents you have to be more involved in the life of your children… we have to get your full support and partnership…we are looking for your deep interest in your children.”

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The Minister pointed out that the children from East Street Nursery are benefitting from a programme called Roraima Readers. “The aim of this programme is to have every child read by grade four; not only to read but to be literate – to be able to read and comprehend,” she said.

The Minister thanked the parents gathered for their patience and understanding regarding the late opening of the school this term. She commended them on their refrain from protest action and thanked them for being decent civilized Guyanese who through their responsible actions set an example for others to follow.

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The contractor who built the school was present and symbolically handed over the keys to the building to the Headmistress in the presence of the Minister. A plaque was unveiled and a short tour of the school was conducted as the commissioning ceremony concluded.

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