Ministry of Education, Guyana

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Ms. Petal Punalall-Jetoo
National Science Coordinator(NCERD)

Ms. Petal Punalall-Jetoo is the National Science Coordinator and heads the Science Unit within the Ministry of Education NCERD, Guyana. She is responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring programmes that improve Secondary School science education. She introduced the Inquiry Based Science Education (IBSE) pilot project for Primary Schools in collaboration with the Caribbean Academy of Sciences (CAS) and UNESCO. Ms. Punalall-Jetoo is a member of CAS and is part of the teacher training team. Ms. Punalall-Jetoo is also the country representative for the Caribbean Science Foundation. She coordinated the development of a television series that focused on Biodiversity Awareness and Climate Change. Ms. Punalall-Jetoo led the reintroduction of the use of the Microscience experiments kits for biology, chemistry and physics through collaboration with UNESCO for secondary schools.

Prior to her career in science education Ms. Punalall-Jetoo worked with the Guyana Sugar Corporation Incorporated – GuySuCo as the Regional Process Technologist (Demerara). She was responsible for sugar production and quality in the four Demerara Estates. In addition, Ms. Punalall-Jetoo coordinated the establishment of GuySuCo’s Quality Management System which achieved ISO 9001 certification in 2005 for its Blairmont Sugar Estate. As an Associate Consultant with Delphi Consultants, Trinidad she provided the technical support that led to the establishment of the Quality Management System which is certified to ISO 9001:2008 requirements for the Guyana’s flour milling company – Namilco. She is a trained lead auditor in ISO 9001 and ISO 22000.

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