The Minister of Education Priya Manickchand has announced that the Government will be moving to provide free extra lessons to students at all levels this year.
During her budget debate contribution this afternoon, Minister Manickchand said the move is in response to the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on students, who were away from their physical classrooms for more than a year.
She said the government needed to come up with a strategy to address the issue of learning loss and it has determined the expansion of the Guyana Learning Channel will lead the plan.
Before the end of 2022, the Minister anticipates that all primary and nursery schools across the country will be connected with cable access of the Learning Channel.
“The PPP/C Government of Guyana is preparing itself to give the entire school population lessons through the learning channel, through the radio, this budget is preparing us for that,” the Education Minister declared during her budget debate presentation today.
According to the Minister of Education, the livelihood and the education of students are being challenged and that situation is likely to prolong if decisive actions are not taken.
To this end, she assured the Assembly that there is currently no plan to shut schools again.
“We had to be resolute, we had to close our minds to the noise and do what was best for our children. The APNU and AFC position is to close all the schools” the Education Minister said.
She also noted that the government’s school reopening strategy has been very consistent with the rest of the world, with more and more countries allowing the gradual reopening of schools for face-to-face learning.
The Education Minster has also pledged this year to expand the school feeding programme. Additionally, it was announced that the transportation service for students will also be expanded.