Guyana Review

Lessons from our Tenth Parliament

After the results of the 2011 general elections and the consequences for the mathematics of the National Assembly had become clear, a fairly sizeable constituency of Guyanese roundly applauded the verdict of the electorate.

Patois in Trinidad and Tobago

From John Jacob Thomas to Lawrence D Carrington

Rural T&T

Dr Jo-Anne S Ferreira   Many popular myths surround Patois (known to linguists as French Creole or French-lexicon Creole), one of which, is that it is not a ‘real’ language, or that it lacks a ‘real’ grammar, or that it cannot be written, or that it is ‘simplified’ French.

Recollecting Courtney Gibson

Courtney Gibson

It surprised me considerably that the turnout at the St. Sidwell’s Anglican Church Memorial Service for the late Courtney Gibson included few of his contemporaries; I wondered whether it was that news of the event might not have reached them up to that time; but then it occurred to me that we live in a society where word gets around and once I got to thinking that there was probably no good reason why news of the event did not get around the circuit of Courtney’s contemporaries, I begun to reflect on times past and how different it was ‘in those days.’ News of Courtney’s death had reached me via Bert Wilkinson.

Archibald Moore – A CXC Architect

Archibald Moore

“The history of the Caribbean Examina-tions Council cannot be written without the name Archibald Moore occupying a stellar position. Very often when people talk about the establishment of CXC, they speak about William Demas and Prime Minister the Right Excellent Errol Barrow of Barbados.

Towards a local publishing house

Barrington Braithwaite

By Barrington Braithwaite The issue of publishing and the national ethos has never been treated with deserving seriousness. Guyana has never had a publishing establishment outside of newspapers though there were publications that persisted on account of the persistence of individuals.

A wanderer’s tale

Canadian traveller Amos Sarrouy who is visiting Guyana as part of his journey of discovery writes about his soujourn in South America

One of the many street market in La Paz, Bolivia

When I first came to South America I wasn’t sure what to expect. Heat, Spanish speakers, poverty, crime; those were some of the thoughts I had.

Guyana calypso: cool or critical?

A.A. Fenty

Musical tradition has decided that Trinidad and Tobago is the “home” of the Calypso, that art-form that once outsiders defined as “a West Indian Song.” The origins of calypso are somewhat varied but a common thread is that it has a base in African lament and rhythm. 

Caribbean Examinations Council

40th Anniversary Celebratioins Commemorative Address by CXC Registrar Dr. Didacus Jules

Dr Didacus Jules

Forty years ago on the 11th January 1973, the inaugural meeting of the Caribbean Examinations Council was held in Barbados.  At this historical event, two visionaries of the regional integration movement Rt.

Is official indifference fuelling violence in schools?

Secondary school children at work

After all of the official fuss and public anxiety that has been expressed over the issue of violence among schoolchildren and in schools in recent years, we were more than a little surprised that both the Chief Education Officer and the General Secretary of the Guyana Teachers’ Union passed up the offer made to them by The Guyana Review to publicly pronounce on these issues and even to say what, individually or together, their respective institutions are doing in order to seek to remedy these problems.

Women Speak

Dalia Fraser

Public discourse over gender issues and more particularly the issue of violence against women rivals and in many cases, exceeds most other items on the national agenda.