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.