[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Paramakatoi Primary School in Region 8, built at a cost of $80.5M was commissioned by President Donald Ramotar during a visit to Region Eight on Wednesday.
Funding for the structure was made available through the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and Government, and executed by the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) under the Finance Ministry.
The school is intended to give access to safe, primary schooling for 205 primary-age children in the Amerindian community who were attending an overcrowded school, and was not conducive for learning and teaching.
The Headmistress, Pattie Diaguar stated that, “Today we see the kind of school we were longing for; our dreams have become a reality. To the leaders, we will strive to develop the human resources so that one day we will be in your coat and wear your hats and shoes as indigenous people of Paramakatoi.”
President Ramotar, assisted by Education Minister Priya Manickchand, the Headmistress and students, cut the ribbon to commission the school that is equipped with a fully stocked library, sanitary block and solar panel.
On learning that the furniture for the school was built by the Paramakatoi Village Council from funds allocated by the Education Ministry, the President assured the Headmistress that more such work would be given to the Council.
He also assured that money would be made available for this. During his tour of the school and his interaction with the students, they assured him that they had received their exercise and text books.
In the 2014 National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) five students of the Paramakatoi Primary scored in the top 10 for Region Eight.
[Extracted and modified from GINA]