In an interview with one media department, Education Minister Priya Manickchand said: “There are now more trained teachers across the system enjoying the best pay [sic] and most benefits than teachers have ever enjoyed before. The country has achieved universal primary education, and 85 percent of its nursery-aged children are in school.
Guyana has the best exam results we have ever had as a country in the primary and secondary sectors; and there is a joint drive to secure universal secondary education. More hinterland children can access a good education than ever before. These are simply disputed facts. “
Guyana’s history might not have taken the direction it did and colonialism could have been extended or it probably would have been the rule had it not been for Dr.’s initiatives. Cheddi Jagan. The senior Jagan provided financial support, moral guidance and demanded and encouraged Cheddi to get an education despite extremely difficult and socially challenging circumstances at the time.
In the 1949 report by the Director of Education, he accepted the lack of resources and the lack of staff responsible for high illiteracy graph indices. However, Dr. noted. Jagan the real problem for low literacy rates among children of Afro and Indo families (Amerindian children were unquantifiable statistics), as “the result of discriminatory selection of candidates (for the very limited secondary school places), only a few were accessible to secondary schools. ”
He continued, “At Queen’s College, the government’s main high school, many poor Indian and African parent pupils were rejected, mainly because the places were filled by the children of the rich.”
Those were the factors, and driven by his experiences that prompted Dr.’s relentless efforts. Jagan to make educational opportunities available to all the nation’s children. It was during the PPP’s second term of office that the Cabinet began to pass legislation for the government to take control of primary schools to allow for fair opportunities for all children in the country.
Previously, while all schools, except private ones, were owned by the government, they were controlled by Christian denominations, and the Christian Social Council decided that in order for pupils to become Christians, with associated name changes, in order to access. Under the auspices and guidance of CV Nunes, PPP Education Minister, during the 1961-1964 term of office, technical education, teacher training and secondary education facilities were greatly expanded.
In the West on Trial, Dr. Jagan: “The University of Guyana was founded in September 1963 to provide inland higher education to a large number of students who could not previously afford to go abroad. Many primary schools have been converted into all-through schools, providing free secondary education for children up to the General Certificate of Education level. “
Once cynically referred to as the “Jagan Night School,” places are now highly regarded at the University of Guyana – Guyana’s leading tertiary education institution
In addition, more schools have been built with better facilities, accommodation and staffing, while teachers receive specialized training with better pay and benefits. For the first time, hinterland communities enjoyed fair opportunities to acquire education through scholarship programs and dormitories to cater for students from remote, remote areas. A love of writing and literature enabled a prolific output and when he was jailed for six months in 1954 for violating the movement restriction order, Dr. Jagan “Forbidden Freedom” and many other pieces of literature.
Martin Carter, Wilson Harris, Jan Carew and other literary figures frequently visited the Jagans’ home. This may have been largely due to the one luxury that the Jagans enjoyed – a well-stocked library, because they didn’t stop looking for information even in their later years.
The literary group included Dr. Jagan and Arthur Seymour, all attending the weekly Carnegie Library Discussion Round, now at the National Library. In 1966, Dr. Jagan entitled his autobiographical work, ‘The West on Trial,’ which was praised as ‘a commemorative study of Guyana’s social, political and economic history from the time of European colonization to 1966.’
The United Nations has adopted its ‘A New Global Human Order,’ published in 1999, advocating for a new socio-economic spill on Planet Earth to eradicate poverty and hunger worldwide.
Dr. not only led. Jagan the march for democracy and freedom, he also drove the pattern for liberation of the mind by providing educational equipment to facilitate the availability of education to all Guyanese, regardless of age or any divisions in the nation. No doubt, he contributed abundantly to the campaign for intellectual uplift in the nation.
Dr. dreamed. Jagan cherished his dreams and the party he founded fits those dreams into reality.