Minister of Education, Ms. Priya Mancikchand misrepresentation of A Partnership for National Unity’s (APNU) analysis of the 2013 Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC/Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC)) exam results is troubling and unfortunate. APNU notes the Minister’s call for politicians to be more “constructive in observations and criticisms” – An examination of the statement made by the opposition will show that we have been both constructive and objective.

Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and APNU Member of Parliament, Mrs. Deborah Backer in a recent interview stated clearly that the nation’s education problems cannot be solved by Government alone. However, the Government and especially the Ministry of Education must admit and accept that solving the education problem is a job for the entire nation. Therefore, it does not help neither is it an objective statement of fact, when Ms. Manickchand tells the nation that the improvements have been notable, “since the PPP started paying attention to education”. Such comparisons are self-serving and partisan, and do nothing to address the crisis facing the education sector.

APNU finds the Minister’s statement offensive and malicious when she accuses the opposition of “failing to celebrate when Guyanese do well” and waiting “with bated breath so that they can see these Guyanese kids fail, only so they can say that the Government has done badly”.

APNU’s manifesto recognizes the problems facing this critical sector. The Partnership clearly state: Our education system is in crisis. Our small population cannot accept the Ministry of Education’s estimate of 7,200 school drop-outs yearly. APNU in government will approach the transformation of education in a spirit of collaboration. It is time for the Minister of Education and the Government to stop politicking and get down to the task of bettering Guyana’s Education sector.

APNU will advocate strongly in the National Assembly for a bi-partisan commission of enquiry to examine the state of education in Guyana.

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