Guyana’s education system is about to get an overhaul.
Newly appointed Minister of Education Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine says the high level of illiteracy, the large number of school drop-outs and the constantly falling standard of the University of Guyana point to the need for major changes.
“We are not satisfied with the way in which literacy in this country is going. We are very unhappy with the large number of drop outs from the system,” he told the Government Information Agency.
“It is not working when you are losing hundreds of people who are not completing school. It is not working if people are coming out of school, not being able to read and write completely. It is not working if the standard of the university is constantly falling. These are things that we need to address and we have to begin to do a thorough analysis and understanding of what has gone wrong in the education system and we have to begin at the beginning.”
Roopnaraine said the overhaul would be a long process, but it had to be done, and would be carried out in a systematic way to ensure that at every level of the education system students are better prepared.
“That means intense scrutiny of the curriculum, intense scrutiny of all the text books. We have to ensure that what is being taught is correct,” he said.
“I do not anticipate that we are talking about months and months of study. We need action and we need action soon, but we do not want to act irrationally. We want to act rationally and we want to act in a way that would in effect be guided by evidence, by real data,” the minister added.