Six new TVET centres to be opened soon – Min. Manickchand

Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand during the Guyana Dialogue

Last month, the $220 million Ken Subraj-Zara Technical Centre was commissioned at the Guyana Technical Institution (GTI).

Of the $2.5 billion budget, $1 billion was used for the TVET programme in the first half of 2023, benefitting about 4,158 trainees.

Minister Manickchand also explained that a number of dormitories are being repaired in accordance with minimum standards recommended in the ministry’s report.

“Right now, we have either finished or are finishing off the repairs of those dormitory facilities in Santa Rosa in Region One; Anna Regina, Aurora, Wakapoa and Charity in Region Two…Skeldon in Region Six; Aishalton in Region Nine; and Linden Foundation in Region Ten,” she stated.

In October, female and male dormitories costing some $75 million were commissioned at Leonora Secondary School in Region three.

Minister Manickchand noted that the construction of schools is an investment in the children and the future of Guyana.

There are approximately 14 hinterland secondary schools and in three years, government has opened six new secondary schools countrywide.

“We are about to build six massive primary schools with the IDB right now…All across the country, you will see schools going up. We are pretty good with primary [schools]. We need some more nursery and secondary schools,” the minister stated.

Among the areas to benefit from the construction of the schools are Recht-Door-Zee, Tabatinga, and Tuschen.

In addition, 19 schools will be upgraded in Regions One, Seven, Eight and Nine. (DPI)