Ministry of Education, Guyana

The single profession responsible for all other professions in the world is teaching. Teachers are the creators of beautiful minds that blossom to become the leading thinkers of tomorrow. The persons responsible for the early development of the mind are teachers. Never before has there been a more noble profession than teaching.

“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”

  Brad Henry

Today, I take time to salute all of our teachers in Guyana. To the hard working teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty, I salute you and thank you most sincerely. To all those retired teachers who would have given much of their lives to educating the people of this beautiful nation, I thank you for your stellar and unselfish service.

Once a year, the world takes time to remember teachers on World Teachers’ Day. It is a time of celebration, reflection and introspection. We celebrate the achievements of our teachers, reflect on the past year and examine ways in which the profession can be improved as we move into the future. Teaching today has evolved considerably with the advent of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); however, the principal tenets of teaching remain firm and true, with the emphasis still firmly placed on achieving learning through the effective delivery of thoroughly researched and properly prepared material.

Teachers in Guyana have come a long. And while we at the Ministry of Education recognize that more has to be done to further improve the profession, it is undeniable that our teachers are at a better place than they were two decades ago. From compensation to working conditions, teachers in Guyana today benefit from a better quality of life, as a result of the strategic investments made by government throughout the years.

In an effort to better serve the children of Guyana, the Ministry of Education embarked on a strategic initiative to ensure that the education system is adequately staffed with trained teachers. This effort has so far resulted in approximately 70 percent of the teachers currently in the education system being trained. Such is our commitment to ensuring better quality teachers are in the education system that we have currently upgraded the programme that once offered a Trained Teachers Certificate at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), to one that now offers an Associate Degree in Education. This not only enhances the quality of teachers produced by CPCE, but it allow those teachers who are interested in pursuing higher education to transition easier at the University of Guyana while pursuing their education degree programmes.

Likewise, as we continue working at further enhancing the quality of education provided by our teachers in the public school system, the Ministry of Education is currently working on a series of Professional Standards for Teachers. This quality assurance measure soon to be implemented across the education sector will ensure that teachers within the public school system are of the highest quality possible. The Professional Standards for Teachers will set expectations for achieving desired educational outcomes while reflecting the professional consensus of what is desirable in the supervision, leadership and delivery of education.

We at the Ministry are working assiduously to make our good teachers better. It is a work in progress, but we intend to have nothing but the best in our public school system. As we take time out today to celebrate the selfless givers who work every day to mold the minds of our children, I urge parents to respect our teachers more and to partner with them and together ensure that your children are receiving the quality of education to which they are entitled.

Thank you teachers of Guyana for all the hard work you do. I implore you to recommit yourselves on this day – even the ones who know they do not give of their best – to give your all towards the development of Guyana.

I especially thank my own teachers who, along the way taught me what I needed to know to become a productive citizen of my country. God Bless You.

Published in News & Events
Sunday, 20 October 2013 17:56

Quote of the Week: October 20, 2013

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"Within the coming years, Guyanese students can be among the first set of students from the region to be writing Portuguese at the CXC level and gaining distinctions."

- Hon. Priya Manickchand

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priya-manickchand-moe“It is not good enough for teachers to just open the school doors and do their duty and teach. I want teachers to do their duties consciously… always looking for results!”

By KaieteurNews Staff Writer

Tasked with the tremendous responsibility of educating Guyana’s children, Priya Manickchand’s hands-on approach to management is exactly what the system now requires. Although she does not profess to know all the answers, this young lawyer is a keen listener who thinks outside the box. She is tough but fair.

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