The fourth living quarters for teachers is expected to be commissioned in approximately two weeks in the community of Bartica. This was disclosed by, Acting Regional Education Officer, Akbar Chindu.
In an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI), Chindu explained that the 27M project, which is being monitored by the regional authorities, will benefit the community.
Currently, there are three students and teachers dormitories in Region 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) located in Bartica, Three Miles and in the Upper Mazaruni. This teachers’ quarter is the fourth to be constructed and will be located next to the Bartica Secondary School. Bradford said this is all in an effort to attract certified teachers to the region.
Regional Chairman, Gordon Bradford added that the newly constructed teachers’ living quarters are expected to have four (4) apartments for teachers and their families and will be fully and semi-furnished.
The regional chairman further added that approximately $1,294,982 has been allocated in the 2018 budget for works in the Cuyuni-Mazaruni district’s education sector. Bradford noted that for the development of education, there must be proper infrastructure, and adequate teaching staff, as such, the regional administration is currently working towards that.
The education sector has been undergoing an overhaul since April 2016, when the Coalition government launched an inquiry into the state of the education system. This was aimed at gathering “evidential basis” for the system’s revision, upgrading and extension. According to the findings of the investigation, there is the need for greater collaboration between the regional education departments, and their respective regional administrations; this dormitory project is an example that collaboration.