Ministry of Education, Guyana

03 Jun North Georgetown Secondary

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The efforts by the Ministry of Education to intensify the building of managerial capacity of school managers to ensure greater operational efficiency at the school level is a laudable step in its quest for quality education delivery to the nation’s children.

This approach has translated into more headteachers taking greater responsibility in the management of their schools and making a concerted effort to improve the learning outcomes of their charges.

While many headteachers have been “stepping-up to the plate,” others are behind in the drive and need to “pull them selves up” as the pupils/students need them the most.

Perhaps, they might want to take a cue from North Ruimveldt Secondary School which has implemented a series of measures to not only improve students performance but also to increase the number of trained teachers on staff and maintain a safe and secured learning environment.

In all of this, planning is important and it is no surprise that the school’s headteacher, Dianne Peters credited that the wide ranging improvements of the school to its five year School Improvement Plan.

Today, through the hard work of the headteacher and her senior staff, 90 per cent of teachers at the school are now formally trained compared to 54 per cent about five years ago.

This step is highly commendable on the part of the headteacher as quality education delivery can only be achieved through quality teachers.

Expectedly, the move has resulted in a continuous improvement in the performance of the school at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations in recent years.

The overall pass rate of the school moved from 55 per cent in 2008, counting Grades One to Three to 60 per cent in 2009 and 75 per cent in 2010.

The 2010 pass rate was above the national average by 13 points and the school was ranked 22nd in the country.

What these achievements strongly point to is the importance of planning. The success of any organisation depends on how well it plans to improve its operations and the successful implementation of programmes to bring about the desired changes. Here is where North Georgetown Secondary stands out as a model school that is worthy of emulation.

Given the level of success the school enjoys, it is reasonably to say that if those schools which are wanting follow the approached adopted by North Ruimveldt Secondary as advocated by the Ministry of Education, the learning outcomes of their pupils/students should show discernible signs of improvements.

What is important to note too is that the improvements have been achieved by the headteacher and her staff working in close partnership with the school’s Parent Teacher Association (PTA).

The nexus has not only resulted in an improvement in the students’ performance but has created a system of monitoring which has made North Ruimveldt Secondary violence free and free from gang activities.

The mechanism in place to avoid indiciplinary behaviours include the issuance of passes to students to leave the school’s compound during the lunch break, emergency and for the washroom during teaching hours, all of which are recorded, Peters said.

It also goes without saying that good managers know that planning and organisation are critical to success and every school manager must adopt this approach.

Moreover, often the best performing schools have better organised and prepared teachers and all headteachers and their senior staff must inculcate these habits in their teachers to bring out the best in them.

But for this to happen, senior teachers have to see themselves as leaders in the school system and together strive to create a culture of learning that focuses on improving the outcomes of students as well as the operational efficiency of their respective schools.

Apart from this, teachers have to be regular and punctual at school and give their full dedication and support in order to make a positive difference in the performance of their charges.

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