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Thursday, 18 April 2013 14:41

Criteria for the Placement of Students in Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools

Education policy provides for free access to formal education at the Nursery, Primary and Secondary levels. Indeed the national policy provides for compulsory education from ages five years and nine months to fifteen years.

The data shows that access to education is not a problem and that there is a high level of coverage at the Nursery and Primary Schools with significant increases in Secondary Institutions.

The challenge to the education system is to accomplish the goal of equity in education that is to accomplish the goal of equity in education, that is, to provide all students with a comparable quality of education. This is a goal that can only be achieved in the long run and will require significant improvements in school infrastructure and management, learning resources, qualified teachers and efficient and effective educational services.

The present situation has given rise to the concept of “top school” at the Nursery, Primary and Secondary levels in the Regions and especially in the Georgetown Education District. This has resulted, over the years, in the intense competition for places at these “top schools”, with parents requesting placement at these schools in the Georgetown Educational District from different areas within Georgetown, the East Bank and East Coast Demerara as well as Region #3.

Although criteria and procedures for placement exist, these are compromised through the provision of falsified documents, and incorrect information by parents and guardians. In addition, Head Teachers and their staff and Ministry of Education officials are subjected to “pressures” to assist in the placement of students at these “top schools” and the situation at the commencement of the year becomes somewhat chaotic.

It is in this context that it becomes necessary to establish new criteria, and procedures for the placement of students at the various levels of the Education System.

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