Ministry of Education, Guyana

Friday, 15 March 2019 08:31

Kato secondary school commissioned

Kato secondary school located in Region Eight Potaro-Sipuruni was today officially commissioned. The institution was bedevilled by a number of issues that delayed its completion.

The commissioning of the state of the art institution was witnessed by Minister of Education Dr Nicolette Henry, Minister of Public Telecommunication Catherine Hughes and Minister of Communities Mr Ronald Bulkan.
In delivering the feature address, Minister of Education Dr Nicolette Henry expressed her delight that at last the school is finally finished and commissioned. The Education Minister told the gathering that the process of arriving at this juncture was an interesting one.news 20190318
This according to Dr Henry, provided the MoE with the lessons of persistence and staying the course. Minister Henry said that the completion of the structure can only improve the quality of life for that community since quality education will be provided in a modern space.
Further, the Education Minister noted that having the facility is not the end of the road rather it is the beginning of a paradigm shift, putting the people first. Added to those Minister Henry noted that the event is a testimony to the fact that the MoE is serious about reducing the disparity that exists between the coastland and the hinterland.news 20190318 5
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education (MoE), Ms Adele Clarke in her address explained that in 2010 the MoE recognized a need for an additional secondary school in Sub-Region one since there was overcrowding at Paramakatoi secondary at the time.news 20190318 2
It was this that birthed the idea of having a new school in the North Pakaraimas area. According to PS Clarke, initially, there was a strong debate as to where the new school should be located and Kato became the preferred option. Having completed the tendering process in December 2012 a contract was signed to the tune of over $728M for the construction of the building. There was an additional $55M that was expended for furnishings and $37M for the installation of the photovoltaic system at the school.news 20190318 9
Chief Education Officer Mr Marcel Hutson in proffering remarks said that the occasion was a significant one because a state of the art school has been built in the hinterland community to serve the nation’s children.
In the current setting education is both a necessity and an investment which everyone should embrace with the seriousness that it deserves, Mr Hutson said. news 20190318 8Further, the former teacher posited that the era where education is acquired or delivered in crowded and stressful classrooms is becoming an issue of the past. The CEO said the MoE has taken a firm stand in ensuring that its policy on education, as a top priority is fulfilled with the provision of proper infrastructure and sound curricular.news 20190318 6
The state of the art structure features several buildings, an administrative building, a student dormitory with dining facilities, a teachers quarter, the main teaching block with a library, science and information technology labs, a smart classroom as well as the Home Economics and Industrial Arts Departments.
Currently, the Grade B School has a student population of 295 along with 11 teachers and 30 supporting staff.

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