The LJP will fulfill the mandate in our constitution that clearly states in Article 27 (1) & (2);
(1) “Every citizen has the right to free education from nursery to university as well as at non-formal places where opportunities are provided for education and training”.
(2) “It is the duty of the State to provide education that would include curricula designed to reflect the cultural diversities of Guyana and disciplines that are necessary to prepare students to deal with social issues and to meet the challenges of the modern technological age”.
Education is one of the most important sectors for the LJP to transform for our nation. We Guyanese are very intelligent people. This has been proven time and time again as our best talent leave our shores to become leaders in multiple industries all over the world.
Now is the time for teachers, parents and children in Guyana to be heard and be given the education system they deserve to reach their full potential for Guyana.
To fulfill educational strategy the LJP would:
» Build a free but voluntary universal early education and childcare service for all children from birth until compulsory education age of 6 years. Ensure that the system includes children’s centres for the very youngest children and their parents, and childcare and early education for children from age 1. Ensure universal early childhood education seamlessly integrates into our system of universal secondary and tertiary education, while ensuring access to the highest levels of education in all areas of the country, especially hinterland.
» Ensure that those who lead early years education are qualified teachers with qualified teacher status and with specialist knowledge of early years education; and ensure all other staff are qualified to the required level; and Encourage parents to participate in helping to run the service.
» Enforce: an increase in outdoor education and physical activities so children establish an early and strong relationship with their local environment; Free nutritious lunches, with local and GM-free ingredients, and children involved in growing, preparing and cooking food and participate in managing their affairs, where possible. Free transport to school would be provided to every child.
» Develop a culture of Discipline, Production and Tolerance in all schools and emphasize these core values in the curriculum. Ensure that neither the children are over-assessed nor the teachers are over-regulated. Teaching to the test is not satisfying teaching and it’s boring for students. We need to free teachers and pupils to rediscover the excitement of learning, released from the shackles of a system designed with only economic competitiveness and preparation for work in mind, and with excessive teacher workloads burdened by bureaucracy. We are determined to make schools fit for children rather than the other way around.
» Implement a comprehensive, efficient, targeted, timely and sustainable school maintenance program to cope with our crumbling school infrastructure, utilizing regional and Local Government bodies to implement the works, where feasible.
» Replace all outdated or old and dilapidated schools with new modern buildings and facilities and construct new schools in areas where they are most needed.
» Improve the delivery of Higher education as it is vital to our cultural health. It should be concerned with public engagement and increasing social participation, not considered merely a production line for enhancing the earning power of individuals.
» Observe the right for every child who is disabled to a mainstream education.
» Implement a bursary for every child from birth to eighteen years of age.
» Support our public university – University of Guyana, to achieve maximum efficiency and high standards, while avoiding duplication and waste.
» Open UG campuses in all regional capitals.
» Emphasize the richness of our cultural diversity and eliminate any dissonance that may arise from ethnic, cultural, religious and class differences.
» Emphasize the teaching of our country’s history and geography in schools.
» Mobilize the artistic community to take a leadership role in cultural diversification and cultural education.
» Ensure that our system of education at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels takes holistic approach and prepares our young people for the challenging world of science and technology.
» Ensure that the education and training of our teachers is adequate to meet the challenges that face our young people including penetration of foreign cultures, technological devices and social media.
» Foster, develop and implement best practices in managing the education system. Such management would include, among other duties, the training of administrators, the provision of text-books to supplement the teaching process, the provision of better prospects and working conditions of teachers within the system, and organising adequate expenditure for the expansion of education.
» Equip all schools to benefit from technological innovations; ensure that all students in all schools have free and easy access to fast Broadband Internet in all schools (not just laptops).
» Ensure that our post-secondary and tertiary education is holistic and relevant.
» Ensure that our school curriculum and teaching methods are relevant and continuously updated and lead to innovation, entrepreneurship, wealth creation and sustainable inclusive development of our nation.
» Develop and encourage a culture of research and development in all tertiary level institutions, both public and private; and Fully integrate sports, culture, language arts, leadership training and courses, and physical education into the education system.
» Maintain first world standards in terms of enrolment and participation of our citizens in post-secondary and tertiary education.
» Provide appropriate mechanisms for second chances for students at all levels.
» Promote and encourage continuing education and adult education.
» Provide support to single parents to encourage them to resume and continue their education to their full potential.
» Harmonize, rationalize and modernize the legislation governing the education sector.