Ministry of Education, Guyana

Friday, 22 March 2013 15:02

CPCE, UG get new computer labs

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The Education Ministry on Thursday commissioned computer laboratories at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) and the University of Guyana (UG).

The labs form part of the ministry’s Education Strategic Plan 2008-2013. The two facilities were commissioned by the Guyana Improving Teacher Education Project (GITEP). Built to the tune of more than $22.4 million for CPCE and more than $8.1 million for the School of Education and Humanities at UG, the project’s aim is to assist government in improving the education delivered to students by teachers.

GITEP coordinator Tota Mangar said the laboratories will satisfy the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) component of school curricula. He added that through the GITEP, staff and students at CPCE were able to benefit from some 600 netbook computers that were heavily subsidised. Education Minister Priya Manickchand, who declared the facilities open, said they confirm government’s commitment to students of both tertiary institutions through the ministry’s five-year strategic plan which ends this year.
“We have to teach in a way that’s exciting and interesting and in keeping with what is happening in the world and the only way that we can expose our teachers, our students to the best that the world has to offer is to ensure that they have the computer training, technology at their fingertips and their ability to use that technology,” the minister noted.

Manickchand pointed out that in excess of 5000 teachers have been exposed to training in communication technology, ensuring that every teacher who leaves CPCE will be trained in ICT to pass their knowledge on to students.
She stressed the importance of producing quality teachers who will be able to change the landscape of Guyana, as she referred to the historic number of 849 teachers who graduated from the college last year.

The minister assured of government’s commitment to providing all the requisite materials needed to properly train teachers, and indicated that at the end of the day, it is the commitment of these persons that will determine the future of Guyana.
She pointed out that one of the targets of the ministry’s strategic plan was having at least 50 per cent of primary school students and 75 per cent of secondary students access computer training. In this regard, she said all secondary schools except about eight are expected to have computer laboratories by the end of 2013.

Manickchand expressed joy that the two labs were finally commissioned, as they have been in the pipelines for some time. UG Vice chancellor Professor Jacob Opadeyi believes it is a good move and will improve teachers’ ability to teach ICT.
However, he said there needs to be more synergy between secondary schools and the university, to ensure high school students perform to their maximum, in order to meet the tertiary institution’s enrolment requirement. The CPCE laboratory has 60 workstations, while the School of Education and Humanities’ comprises 30 workstations.

Article Credit: Guyana Times Inc.

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