By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com]–Shadow Education Minister, Amna Ally has described as “hilarious” and “panicky” the recent announcement by Chief Education Officer of the Ministry’s intention to restore the automatic promotion policy for secondary schools, just one year after scrapping it.
“I believe that the announcement and utterances were hilarious and panicky…
One year ago there was a change in policy with regards to automatic promotion but the answer does not lay in making this panicky announcementno matter how poor performance may be,” Ally said.
She pointed out that she is unhappy with such a move and said it is unfortunate that she was not consulted.
“I was never consulted on this or any other matter that surrounds it, but I would like to be consulted on any matter concerning education because it concerns all, not only the PPP/C government but everyone in Guyana.”
According to the CEO, the Ministry has chosen to continue with the policy because of the dull performance of many students in secondary schools across the country.
Efforts to secure a comment from Minster Priya Manickchand proved futile.
However, according to Ally, several professionals within the Ministry have complained about the return of this policy and the refusal to promote children who fail Mathematics.
Ally said she personally called the Minister and raised the concerned but was informed that consultations were done in reaching to the position the Ministry has.
“It leaves much to be desired, Education doesn’t happen like that and I’m sure professionals in the ministry would not subscribe, there needs to be more meaningful consultations instead of making a decision and then going to tell people of the decision made,” Ally added.
The original policy was implemented by former Education Minister, Sheik Baksh. It received widespread condemnation from educators and teachers.