Education Minister Thinks Automatic Promotion Is The Answer To School Dropouts
The Education Minister is of the opinion that the new automatic promotion policy is the answer to address the number of school drop outs. The minister said it’s only a matter of time for the policy to be successful and has since recorded a decline in students drop out.
Education minister Shaik Baksh said the policy is aimed at keeping students from leaving the school system. He believes it is the responsibility of teachers to spend more time with slow learners and help them develop the necessary skills needed to overcome the learning challenges.
Minister Baksh during a press briefing expressed disappointment with some parents of the Wismar Secondary School who recently protested against the policy. He noted that the school was found guilty of having no proper system in place to monitor and evaluate students.
Though the minister is placing all bets on the policy, many parents across the country are angry over the move since they believe putting a child over to another class before he has an understanding of the work in the current class will only spell disaster when it comes to sitting regional examinations. One parent suggested that if the ministry really wants automatic promotion, it should send the policy straight to the University of Guyana.