The MoE dealt with the matter professionally

first_imgDear Editor,Recently we have seen the education sector coming under increased scrutiny with a number of unfortunate incidents involving both students and a teacher. Editor, I also noticed that on Sunday, December 1, 2019, in the four daily newspapers, the Ministry of Education published two notices. One dealt with the fight involving a male and female student and the other addressed an altercation between a teacher and a parent.Editor, the MoE’s statements are both instructive and informative. As an educator and a parent, let me say that I believe the Ministry dealt with both matters appropriately. Reading the contributions in relation to these issues on social and contemporary media, it is clear that although some of us mean well with our contributions, like the MoE’s statement points out, we have not placed the matter in its right context.Editor, and here is where I will give a few reasons why I believe the Education Ministry dealt with the matter properly. Firstly, we must understand that in the case of the incident involving the male and female student, the Ministry is constrained by what it can say. This is due to the fact that these are minors they are dealing with and so the children’s privacy and that of their families cannot be compromised.Analysing the language the Ministry used in its statements, one gets the impression that there is a whole lot more going on that meets the eye in the case of the fight between the two students, but obviously, the Ministry cannot state those. The Richard Ishmael Secondary School matter is a clear case of bullying, also abuse and other concerns. But the Ministry of Education is not allowed to take sides. As a responsible body, it has to listen to both sides and then make a determination as it identifies the causes and effects of the issue.So while some sections of society may wish to see quick action against one of the parties, the MoE has to ensure it follows due process and be guided by what is outlined in the school policy regarding these matters.The Ministry has taken a similar approach with the Winfer Gardens Primary incident involving the parent and teacher. The Ministry in no uncertain term branded the actions of the parent as criminal and rightfully so in my view. But as citizens, we should be aware that if a matter is engaging the attention of the police there is only so much that can be said on the issue or one runs the risk of prejudicing the police investigations.Finally, Editor, this nation has a responsibility to our school children and young people. We have to play our parts in ensuring that these children, who are the future of tomorrow, inculcate good values, attitudes, morals etc. This cannot be the work of the MoE alone, these children spend quite a lot of time in the home so the home has to play its role. The family cannot abdicate its duties and then expect the Ministry of Education to fix a problem that those in the home helped to create. We have to continue to speak to our children.Editor, it begs the question, what message is that parent sending to those children? Children model behaviours from their parents, is that the type of behaviour that mother wants her children to embrace and showcase? I firmly believe that the parent should publicly apologise to this nation and more importantly to her children.Yours truly,Leon Persaudlast_img read more

Essequibo Coast residents call for more investment

first_imgAs residents, especially the younger generation of the Essequibo Coast, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) continue to move away from the region due to the lack of employment, residents are calling for more investments into the county.During a visit Guyana Times spoke with a number of residents, who expressed their dissatisfaction over the lack of investments being made in the region.An aerial view of a section of the Essequibo CoastAccording to the residents, the Essequibo Coast has the potential for growth, however, genuine efforts are not being undertaken to ensure that the county further develops.“Essequibo have land, plenty land, we have space and we need so much, but no one is investing and the young people them keep moving away because of that,” one resident said.One young teacher is calling for a University of Guyana campus to be built in the region, pointing to the fact that both Demerara and Berbice have campuses.According to the young woman, the lack of a university in Region Two is chief among the reasons why the young residents are moving away.“It’s hard because most of us want to further our education but we cannot do it from here. So that’s the only option left, to move somewhere where you can pursue your studies. And when you end up moving and see that there is a better life elsewhere then usually you don’t return, that’s how its been going for the longest,” the teacher shared.She further revealed that the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) in the county only offers training in nursery and primary but not in secondary.“So if you want to become a secondary school teacher, then you gotta move and go to pursue that at the colleges” she explained.The residents are also calling for more business investments which will boost tourism in the county.“We have the potential to be big, and there is so much that we need here. Business owners and investors can do well if they invest in businesses here but for some reason, no one is doing that. We have a few bars and so on but if you wanna go to a nice restaurant for a special occasion then you can’t even do that, you gotta travel out of Essequibo for stuff like that. If you want the movie theatre experience, you can’t even have that, you gotta travel out of the county for that, there is so much that we need, if only people would invest,” a shop owner asserted.Just recently, Regional Chairman, Davanand Ramdatt had emphasised the need for growth and development in the county.Ramdatt had noted that though agriculture is important and will remain important to Essequibo, the county is looking to build tourism.The Chairman has expressed that business investments will not only add to the development in Essequibo but will see jobs being created.“This business is coming at a crucial time. The economy is not as it once was but I know for sure that there is tremendous potential for growth and development. We strongly believe that this business will add to the competitiveness and will provide job creation,” Ramdatt had stated at the opening of a Diamond Insurance branch.last_img read more