President David Granger has emphasised the need to connect every school in the country through Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in order to transform the traditional teaching techniques into modern methods that can significantly boost the level of education being offered to students.
He reiterated this message during a recent interview on the Public Interest, which was in keeping with the theme of Education Month.
The President underscored the need for every child to go to school so as to attain an education – the backbone of any developing society.
He noted that while parents have their part to play in ensuring that their children attend school, the government must also live up to its role to ensure the environment and conditions under which children study are conducive.
In this regard, the President said his Government is still committed to ensuring that every teacher, upon graduating from the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), leaves with a laptop which will aid in bringing ICT to schools nationwide.
Last year, the E-governance unit began rolling out Wi-Fi networks in schools and works were to commence to provide Internet access to hinterland and remote areas.
Only recently, President Granger pledged an initial G$1 million to boost the Berbice High School’s (BHS) computer laboratory as he noted that an education founded in the Sciences, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects is key to innovation and transformation of the country.
But while the President has been placing significant emphasis on the importance of education, the unemployment rate of the country continues to soar.
In fact, a large number of educated/qualified persons continue to struggle to find jobs commensurate with their qualifications.