Ministry of Education, Guyana

05 Oct Message from Hon. Minister of Education Mr. Shaik Baksh to mark World Teachers' Day 2011

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Teachers play an influential role in the life of every student.  They are like beacons of light, guiding us in the formative years of our life.  Teachers mould us and in the process shape our future.  What we learn from our teachers remains with us, throughout our lives.   In essence, the work of dedicated and committed teachers is priceless.

This quality has been fully recognised by the government, and is evident by the continuous interventions to improve the welfare and working conditions of teachers throughout the country.

Testimony to the fact was the recent inking of the multi-year remuneration package between the Ministry of Education and the Guyana Teachers Union.  Undoubtedly, the agreement brokered by the two parties represented another demonstration of the government’s commitment to improve the welfare of teachers in recognition of their important role in national development.

It is the government’s intention to continue to improve the salaries, benefits and conditions of service of our teachers.

We have recognised that quality teachers lead to quality learning outcomes.  To this end, the Guyana Teacher Improvement Project which is geared at revamping teacher education and training programme to meet the needs of a modern education system has been implemented.  Importantly, under this programme, teacher preparation will include a mentoring programme and a well supervised induction year for trainee teachers.  The Trained Teachers Certificate programme has been discontinued and was replaced with the innovative Associates Degree in Education programme during the 2010/2011 academic year. This initiative allows for a smooth transition from the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) to the University of Guyana (UG), thereby facilitating the training of thousands of teachers at the degree level over the next few years.

The Cyril Potter College of Education is now attracting the best into teaching, and this year, over 400 students with matriculation requirements will be admitted.

Already, the ministry’s target of 70 per cent of trained teachers in the system by 2013 has been surpassed as we intensify efforts to have only trained teachers in our schools.  The policy and programme of continuous professional development of our teachers has been revamped and will be linked to the system of promotion of teachers.

The National Teacher Award Scheme has been reintroduced to honour our outstanding teachers.  We are working with Caricom to establish a National Teaching Council to promote standards and professionalism in the teaching service.

As Guyana observes World Teachers’ Day2011 under the theme “Teachers for Gender Equality” we recognise the low percentage of males in the profession.  The sector has formulated strategies to attract more males into teaching, and already, we are seeing encouraging improvements. Male admission into CPCE this year has increased by 25 per cent over 2010.  I renew my call for more males to join the profession; a rewarding and successful career awaits you.

On this important occasion, I salute our teachers who have worked tirelessly in improving the educational outcomes we have achieved this year.  You are making a real difference in the lives of the children of our country.


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