Ministry of Education, Guyana

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 14:52

300 trainee teachers to receive laptops before year-end

Education Minister Shaik Baksh has announced that some 300 trainee teachers at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) will be receiving laptops under the government/ World Bank US 4.2 million teacher education reform project before year-end.

Baksh, who was at the time addressing scores of information technology teachers at a recent workshop at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD), said the initiative is part of the ministry’s effort to ensure teachers leave the college able to use the computer as both a teaching and learning tool.

300 trainee teachers at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) will be receiving laptops under the government/ World Bank US 4.2 million teacher education reform project before year-end - Hon. Shaik BakshHe also disclosed that the ministry will be putting up a proposal to the government to provide all information technology teachers will computers. The ministry in its 2008-2013 Education Strategic Plan is hoping to equip all secondary schools and 50 per cent of primary schools with computer laboratories by 2013. To day, work has been completed on 80 secondary and 60 primary schools.

The remaining secondary schools are expected to be outfitted with computer laboratories by the first half of next year. Every secondary school will be equipped with 30 computers.

Currently, some 14,000 computers are being distributed to school throughout the country as the ministry complements the training of teachers with the provision of relevant tools to effectively deliver the curriculum.

Some 3 000 teachers at both the primary and secondary schools have already completed basic training in information technology and the ministry is hoping to train another 2 000 this year. The training is being done at NCERD and centres in the regions.

Baksh pointed out that quality teacher training is central to helping every child to succeed at the IT examination, and disclosed that the ministry will soon move to make the subject compulsory in the school system.

He said that the ministry is equipping the primary schools with computer laboratories so as to set the foundation at an early stage for students to perform well at the subject at CSEC.

This year, some 2 000 candidates sat information technology at CSEC and Guyana obtained a pass rate of 97 per cent pass, counting grades one to three, the highest in the Caribbean.

The minister stressed that information technology is the way forward in the 21 century, and noted that the ministry has been taking several bold steps to ensure the school system is on the right trajectory.

The ministry in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat has already developed a roadmap to implement UNESCO’s Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Competence Framework for Teachers, an internationally recognised framework that provides clear pathways for teachers to develop their ability to use computers effectively to support teaching and learning.

The collaboration between the stated agencies will see the completion of several essential activities, namely the development of a new set of training modules for teachers; a thorough review of two key components of the ICT in education initiative; a comprehensive audit of the current capacity of local teachers to use ICT effectively; working with global partners to secure international accreditation for these training modules; and the implementation of a robust, three-tiered governance model.

The move to train more teachers in information technology, increase the number of students sitting the subject at CSEC and to make all Guyanese computer literate synchronises with the government’s vision for the One Lap Top Per Family Programme.

 

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