Ministry of Education, Guyana

Friday, 20 September 2019 09:29

74 Georgetown schools recognized for exceptional attendance records

The Department of Education, Georgetown, on Friday honoured 74 schools within the education district for achieving and maintaining pupil attendance at 95% and over for the last academic year 2018-2019.

According to Schools Welfare Officer, Ms. Onika Pearson 24 nursery schools, 27 primary schools and 23 secondary schools in the Georgetown Education District would have achieved 95% attendance or more.
She said that two schools tied for the top position on the nursery list and they are Alexander Village Nursery School and St. Gabriel's Nursery School.
Topping the list of Primary schools was the Winfer Gardens Primary School while the North Georgetown Secondary School was the secondary school with the highest attendance percentage. The Head Teachers of the aforementioned schools were presented with certificates and plaques that recognized the achievement of their schools. news 20190923 5
The most improved schools were chosen after examining attendance records for the period of September 2014 to July 2019. The schools that we're adjudged the most improved were the Sophia Primary School and the Sophia Special School.
Chief Schools Welfare Officer, Ms. Glenna Vyphuis said that by attending school regularly, students are likely to keep up with lessons and assignments. She said that research shows that regular attendance might be the greatest factor that influences performance.
Principal Education Officer, Ms. Volika Jaikishun said that attendance is important since it affects the success of schools. She said that the issue of ensuring students attend school can be addressed when the parents, headteachers, teachers and community members collaborate to reduce absenteeism and truancy. She said that by ensuring children attend schools, their chances at attaining high academic performance and completing school are increased. news 20190923 4
The importance of consistent attendance was stressed during the presentation of the Director of the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD), Mrs. Jennifer Cumberbatch who represented the Minister of Education, Dr. The Hon. Nicolette Henry.
According to Ms. Cumberbatch, consistent attendance will spiral to hard work which results in success. She said that it is therefore conclusive that one of the best predictors of commitment and success is regular attendance.
She said that the 74 schools that were recognized represented a 10.4% increase from the 2017 – 2018 academic year, where 67 schools were awarded. Further, she said that what is more commendable is that the following schools were able to achieve 100% attendance, Alexander Village and St. Gabriel’s Nursery, Winfer Gardens Primary School and North Georgetown Secondary School.
Ms. Tyefia London, Ms. Carla Romeo, Ms. Deryn Moore-Heligar, and Ms. Willa Williams respectively, headteachers of the schools mentioned, were congratulated for their professional governance that would have allowed for such credible results.
Chief Education Officer, Dr. Marcel Hutson said that regular school attendance and punctuality are critical to the development and education of children.
Dr. Hutson urged the students that were present at the National Cultural Centre to remain in school so that they may become economically viable as they prepare to enter the world of work.
Further, he urged the teachers and staff to implement their school's policy to improve the attendance and punctuality of students.
He said, "We cannot negate the fact that a good education gives a child the best possible start in life. We must ensure that our students have an equal chance to make good use of the education that the school offers by providing a positive and encouraging atmosphere."

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