Ministry of Education, Guyana

Wednesday, 27 November 2019 14:57

Response to Incident at the Winfer Gardens Primary School

The Ministry of Education condemns in the strongest possible way the unfortunate and unacceptable incident which occurred at the Winfer Gardens Primary School on Wednesday, November 27, 2019 between a teacher and a parent. This matter has been promptly placed for attention and action by the Guyana Police Force since it is criminal in nature.

Several internal approaches including strengthening of security at schools are being adopted by the Ministry in an effort to deal with this matter without prejudicing the ongoing investigations which have been launched by the Guyana Police Force. The Ministry wishes to assure the public that the security and well-being of its teachers and students are of paramount importance.

The Ministry in the same vein wishes to remind parents to ensure that they always act responsibly as they are the first role models for their children. Teachers are also reminded to always act in accordance with policies, rules and due procedures that have been established by the Ministry of Education.

The Ministry cannot, and will not tolerate violence in our schools. It is our collective responsibility as Guyanese to ensure that our schools are safe spaces for learning and teaching. The Ministry of Education, therefore, call on all stakeholders including parents, communities and law enforcement agencies to play their roles to ensure that together we raise caring, responsible citizens and that our schools are protected from the social ills that threaten to undermine them.

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