Education Minister Shaik Baksh disclosed recently that a national teachers council will be established since teachers should be recognised for their efforts and contributions, the Govern-ment Information Agency (GINA) reported.
This initiative is a result of a decision taken at the 20th Council for Social and Human Development (COHSOD) meeting which was held in Guyana from October 17-20.
The education minister at the time was speaking at the 50th anniversary observance of the 26th batch of teachers trained at the Government Training College between 1959 to 1960.
At the simple ceremony members of the batch also shared their experiences while in training.
Baksh in his address expressed appreciation for the sterling contributions they have made to the education system and the country.
The minister also highlighted the need for the restoration of values such as commitment, dedication and care for students on the part of the teachers.
He noted that the innovations, interventions, programmes and projects facilitated by the education system cannot be successful without the display of established values and professionalism by educators. At the CPCE level emphasis is being placed on effecting change through the establishment of a new management, the college’s board and introduction of new programmes. While the continuous development programmes are available for trained teachers, these are intended to raise the standard of teaching.
In his address Minister Baksh promised to publish a booklet depicting the training of the 26th batch which is to be disseminated and will serve as an inspiration for aspiring teachers. In addition, another booklet will be compiled outlining the history of the teachers’ training college.
The 26th batch of teachers trained consisted of 75 males and 75 females from various locations. Training was provided at the Government Training College, Battery Road, Kingston, now recognised as the National Centre for Education Resource Development (NCERD).
Of the 150 persons trained several turned out to be prominent persons in society, including chief education officer, regional education officers, magistrates, lecturers at the University of Guyana and overseas, social welfare and probation officers and mathematics experts, GINA noted.