Haslington gets new $28M nursery school

The Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand unveiling the plaque with a pupil of the school and the Headmistress. (Photo: Ministry of Education/ September 29, 2023)

The Haslington Nursery School currently has 60 pupils enrolled. This amounts to a total of $240,000 per child term at $4000 per child.

Minister Manickchand told parents that even though the grants are given to support the work of the school, they should still play an active role in the life of the school through the Parent Teachers Association. She said that the new school is more than a building.

“In this building, children will attend school, and they will leave ready to help run this country, to help to run this world. So, it is far more than a building, but it must have begun with a building,” she noted.

The Education Minister said that the Government of Guyana is investing in children across Guyana and will continue to do so to produce the quality of citizens that can further develop and move Guyana forward.

The Assistant Chief Education Officer, Devendre Persaud said that the new structure is in keeping with the Government’s commitment to enhance school structures across the country so that children can enjoy the best facilities to acquire an education.

The new building for the nursery school compared to the old building.

He said, “I firmly believe that buildings, classrooms, laboratories, and equipment- educational infrastructure- are crucial elements of school learning environments.  There is strong evidence that high-quality infrastructure facilitates better instruction, improves student outcomes, and reduces dropout rates, among other benefits.”

He said Nursery education is paramount in developing a well-rounded child.

Persaud applauded the Regional Administration and the Department of Education for Region Four for their excellent work to improve the quality of education infrastructure in the region.

Also, present at today’s commissioning was the Regional Education Officer, Mr. Adrian Elgin said that he was honoured to witness the commissioning of the school. On behalf of the Regional Democratic Council and the Department of Education, he thanked the Ministry of Education and the Government of Guyana for ensuring the region and the community of Haslington received a brand-new nursery school.