The Ministry of Education has launched a campaign across the country to find students who have not been attending school for a prolonged period and get them back in the classroom.
The campaign, which is titled “Operation Recovery” is targeting all Education districts to locate primary school students who have been continuously absent from school since the reopening of school late last year as well as students who did not show up for the National Grade Six Assessment mock examination.
“This move will see Education Officers from Central Ministry and within the Education Districts along with Regional officials and community activists fanning out into communities to locate these pupils. The exercise aims to ascertain the location of the students and the reasons behind their absenteeism so that a determination can be made about how the Ministry can assist these students with returning to school,” the Education Ministry explained in a statement today.
The Minister of Education was part of the “Operation Recovery” efforts today.
Schools in Guyana were closed to face-to-face learning for almost two years.
Most schools have been fully reopened to face-to-face learning with many students attending classes on a rotational basis in some cases.
“The Ministry warns that any individual or organization that promotes the closure of schools or discourages parents from sending their children to school is doing harm to Guyana’s children and our country as a whole and encourages all stakeholders to be responsible during this time and to lend their support to this effort so that we can reach every pupil and give them the education they rightfully deserve,” The Statement from the Ministry said.
The Ministry of Education has noted that it remains committed to keeping school doors open.
The Ministry is of the view that urgent, practical, sustained measures such as teaching and learning from a consolidated curriculum, the provision of textbooks, re-training of teachers, using technology in the classroom and Operation Recovery will mitigate against the predicted loss to our students and country.