ICT Developments in Region Three’s education sector highlighted

– Minister Joseph Harmon congratulates top NGSA students

On Thursday July 28, Minister of State, Hon. Joseph Harmon highlighted some of the significant developments in Information Communication Technology (ICT) that have taken place in Region Three (Essequibo-Islands – West Demerara).

He made these observations while addressing parents, teachers and education officers who gathered to congratulate the students in the Region who scored the highest marks at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).

Minister Harmon noted that the Zeeburg Secondary School and the Saraswati Vidya Niketan Hindu School also each received a $1M presidential grant under the National Endowment for Science and Technology (NEST) Project which is geared to boost the science and technology laboratories in schools across the country.

The Minister also said that so far 12 secondary schools and 27 primary schools in Region 3 have been provided with internet service, and 22 ICT Hubs are in operation there. He explained that these facilities will enable students without internet access at home to complete research assignments, homework and other educational activities.

“These interventions into our education sector and our community connectivity programme are testimony to the government’s push to ensure that the skills we need in our development programmes are nurtured, developed and embedded in all levels of the education system and in all of our communities – urban and rural, on the coastland and in the hinterland.”

Minister Harmon said that though the education system is not yet perfect, it seeks to provide students, especially those who demonstrate high aptitude, with the best opportunities and resources for continued success as they move into the secondary system.

He added that Government has invested much into education over the past three years including support to rise the level of tutelage in Technology, institution of smart classrooms through NCERD, and such technical programmes as the ‘Success Maker’ which allows students to do classwork on computers.

Adapted from DPI