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GUYANA | Granger commits to promoting science education

Featured President Granger hands over a cheque of $1M to Principal of the Bishops High School, Marilyn Gibson. President Granger hands over a cheque of $1M to Principal of the Bishops High School, Marilyn Gibson.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana, February 20, 2020 - Guyana's President David Granger, has given a commitment to support the continued development of the science education curriculum which he said was key to the success of economic transformation.

Addressing a ceremony to commemmorate the 150th anniversary of Bishops High School in Georgetown, President Granger reiterated that education was among the government’s top priorities during the decade of development, noting that science education, in particular, is key to the success of economic transformation.

“The country will need an A to Z of scientists from agronomists to zoologists for transformation and national development. The decade of development will place a high priority on creating a core of science scholars who will become the future captains of industry,” Granger noted.

He pointed out that the  decade of development was based on four pillars of transformation: – Guyana as a Petrostate, Green state, Digital nation and an Educated nation.

A commemorative plaque was unveiled to observe the institution’s legacy of 150 years of excellence as a premier secondary educational institution in Guyana, but not before presenting a cheque for one million dollars to the Principal of The Bishops High School, Marilyn Gibson.

The Head of State noted that the cheque will support the Secondary School’s efforts to boost and further promote its science education programme.

President Granger recalled that “Bishops began teaching biology in 1943 using the laboratories of her brother Queen’s College and the first science mistress was employed only in 1947 and biology, chemistry and later physics laboratories were added.”

“I commit myself to continue to supporting science education financially in BHS,” he pledged.

The cheque was drawn from the National Endowment for Science and Technology (NEST) fund which supports science education in schools. To date, the fund has spent over $50Million to improve science laboratories at CPCE and other educational institutes in Guyana.

  • Countries: Guyana

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