The Ministry of Educa-tion yesterday launched a revised version of its Primary Science Easy Path Series ‘Science Around Us’ for Grades 1-6, at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD).
A release from the ministry said at the launch, Assistant Chief Education Officer (Primary) Marcel Hutson lauded the group of teachers from Georgetown schools who had worked tirelessly to revise and update the content of the books, originally written by local science educators,
with relevant current scientific material to capture the attention of Guyanese students, captivate their imagination, and spark their interest in learning science.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Education Minister, Priya Manickchand revealed that the venture had been undertaken as part of the programme to make up-to-date basic texts accessible for all the children in public schools and also to be available for home use. She explained that in the process, a gap analysis was done to ascertain if the contents of the books corresponded with the curriculum guides. This identified topics that needed to be aligned and the teams of primary science educators were then assigned to each grade level, coordinated by the ACEO, Primary and the science unit of NCERD.
The minister also said that the ministry was continuing to create relevant quality material for the public school system in the other basic subjects (English, Mathematics and Social Studies), and revealed that the “Atlantic Readers” series for primary school students would be launched shortly.
The revised ‘Science Around Us’ series of pupil’s books with corresponding teachers’ manuals are available in schools throughout Guyana. They can be also be downloaded at www.education.gov.gy with the stipulation that they are not to be sold.