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With emphasis on outliers, the realisation was, another unthinking silly season was ours to endure. This meant, the modals unceremoniously banished to communities inconsequential, now face the indignity of being uninvited from the National CSEC celebrations. However, of pervasive poverty, the odds have always been stacked against them, nonetheless the expectation was, compete they’ll, in this Darwinian education, that
Having said that, an uphill task it was, making sense of the CSEC confabulators’ quasi-
However, with outsiders the obsession of many, a closer scrutiny was mandated, via this case
27 then what?
Thus, my British daughter, who from available evidence, is experiencing the education, we were denied. For 14yrs she registers, sitting in grade 10, two years from her GCSE, a CSEC equivalence. As a result, subjects were hers to select, of national guidance, a mandatory foreign language, with core subjects. However, fundamental this is, all students were restricted to a 12 subject limit. Thus, I will repeat, 12 is the dead maximum. Where this the rationale, children must be children. Children must never view examinations as a numerical game. Children must be well rounded. Thus, the piano she plays. The bass she plays. Hockey she plays. Cricket she plays. Drama she involves. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, of energy sapping expeditions and explorations, she undertakes. A Cadet she is. And of course the mandatory volunteering. All and more, certainly achievable in our 83,000sq miles.
Nevertheless, our 83,000sq miles celebrates an education system, where extracurricular activities are painted as unwanted extras. As a result, our children are tunnel visioned in the numbers game, most subjects, but not of a holistic education. Where there is none more so evident, than the child recently burdened with 27 subjects, at the expense of an extracurricular education. Which begs the question, how could a civilised society celebrate the destruction of our children’s childhoods?
Nonetheless, the celebratory lines were early and unending, where the University dropout, embracing deference,
Then there was Square Peg, clearly in a position uncomfortable,
Thereafter, was one self-anointed freethinker, however with our children 2yrs education denied, down to schools reopening being an afterthought, the freethinker was unthinking, thus thoughtless. However, counted safe in numbers, the antithesis of a freethinker, he rushed to express;
“It is a great time for education in Guyana. The leadership at the Ministry of Education should be proud of themselves for having great performances at non-elite (perceived) public schools”
Therefore, of him we query, are you serious Ronald Austin Jr, making inferences from outliers? Where is the data to support this foolish assertion- “It’s a great time for education in Guyana?” Have you heard of confounding factors e.g. extra-lessons? Are you a freethinker or freeloaders?
For a freethinker wouldn’t have busied himself, cowardly attacking Burnham, while turning a blind eye to our children, two years education denied.
Education in crisis
Nevertheless, of PPP;
1. Which Education policies are attributable to the outliers performances?
2. What role extra-lessons played in these results?
3. What policies are in place to improve the performance of our children at CSEC?
4. What technological investments have been made in our schools, eg smart boards?
5. What policies are in place to improve extracurricular in schools?
6. What policies are in place to introduce holistic education in schools?
Nonetheless, this interrogative pause, to remind the unthinking many, that Mia Motley having recognised the foolery of this top student obsession, rightly brought a stop to it. For celebrations should only be with all our children excelling- No Child Left Behind. For celebrations
Thus my vision, of Science students informed on economic
And for this reason, we shan’t celebrate, with our children being reduced to human robots, rather than critical thinkers. Thus my challenge, that all examine the education systems of progressive societies. Thereafter,