‘C’ Field, Sophia nursery school commissioned
Government has been building institutions in vastly developing communities to ensure residents have access to the various services inclusive of health, education, electricity and water. Sophia, a large housing scheme has a new nursery school, at ‘C’ Field built to accommodate the growing number of children requiring pre-primary (nursery) education.
The school was constructed at a cost of $16M, and prior to its construction the Education Ministry conducted a feasibility study hence the decision was taken to build the new school thereby making it more convenient and cost-effective for parents to send their children to school within the community.
There is another nursery school located in ‘A’ Field Sophia, and a primary school; however the community now needs a secondary, Education Minister Shaik Baksh said.
While addressing the gathering, Minister Baksh noted that the need will arise soon for the school to be expanded since, within a year, its enrollment has increased from 75 to 172. He added that there is available land next to the school to facilitate such in the future.
In this regard, Minister Baksh pointed out that Early Childhood Care (ECC) (early childhood education) is being promoted worldwide with Guyana in the lead, with 85 percent enrollment at the pre-primary level. This is in keeping with the Education Strategic Plan (2008-2013), which outlines that all children who are 3 years 9 months must attend nursery school. This will be made compulsory through the necessary legislation.
The Minister explained that due to the anticipated increased enrollment, the school will be able to progress from a Grade C to a Grade B, and even further.
Minister Baksh recognised that the community will also need a secondary school, and committed to making representation to the Ministry of Housing to secure a piece of land for its realization.
When the first building opened, parents were reluctant to send their children to the school however, the head teacher and teachers worked towards creating confidence and this led to increased enrollment.
Minister Baksh emphasised that the large turn out of parents indicates their interest in their children’s education. He urged them to continue along that path since in some instances when the child progresses to the primary level parental interest is lost. Parental support is crucial to the education system since the teachers and school cannot function alone, and will result in the fast advancement of education in Guyana.
Minister Baksh also applauded the Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) for their vibrancy in giving support to the school.
The Minister recognised the development of Sophia from 1998, when he was Housing and Water Minister, to present.
PTA President, Brian Greaves commended the HM and Staff for their dedication and commitment towards ensuring the delivery of education in the community.