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Focus on “science and technology”, not “work under the sun like a mule” – PM Nagamootoo urges Berbice youths

As the closure of a number of East Berbice operations of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GUYSUCO) draws near, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo has urged youths there to pursue studied in Science Technology Engineering  and Mathematics (STEM).

Addressing a graduation ceremony of the Corentyne Comprehensive High School at Port Mourant, he said the time has come for them to prepare themselves away from a life of back-breaking work on sugar cane fields.

“We have to move into a new mode of educating our children bringing up our students in the new generation that they should not be condemned to work under the sun like a mule, like a beast of burden with a bundle of cane on his or her head or bending to fetch water in the fields or to chop grass and weeds…and only science and technology can rescue you, can give you salvation. That you can become part and parcel of a new world, of a new country that is education driven, that is intellectually driven,” he was quoted as saying by government’s Department of Public Information (DPI).

Prime Minister Moses hands over sports gear to the Head Teacher Nirmala Somwaru-Hussain

The Prime Minister’s comments as the Guyana Sugar Corporation prepares to sell its operations at Skeldon and close the Rose Hall and Enmore factories by year-end.

This is the second time in about two months that top government officials have floated alternatives to a shrinking sugar industry that once employed tens of thousands of workers across the country.

Back in September at a ceremony to mark the 175th anniversary of Rose Hall Town, President David Granger had urged the citizenry of make Rose Hall the commercial hub of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne). “Now that we have a consolidation of the sugar industry, let us look to see ways and means of creating new industries…the door is open to micro-financing and agro-processing,”  Granger has said.  Since winning the 2015 general elections, government has vowed to make the sugar industry more efficient and less reliant on the National Treasury for billions of dollars of support, but the opposition People’s Progressive Party and its allied trade unions have accused the government of making thousands of workers jobless and attempting to break up that party’s support largely East Indian support base.

The Corentyne Comprehensive High school which recorded a 77.51 percent pass rate, is working to be on par with the New Amsterdam Multilateral and JC Chandisingh Secondary schools which both have recorded a 79 percent pass rate.

An animated Headteacher Nirmala Somwaru-Hussain noted the accomplishment of the school she oversees.

“Schools like JC Chandisingh Secondary School and New Amsterdam Secondary School they get the cream of the crop when national grade six results are out and I want to tell you what their performance is, those two schools they tie at 79 percent. Corentyne Comprehensive high is at 78… that speaks volumes,” Somwaru-Husain said.

The best graduating student, Claudius Depoo was unable to attend, however, his proud parents collected his awards on his behalf.  It was noted that Murphy Bagot who secured second place did so whilst still grieving for his father who had recently died. Other notable performers were Vijay Mohabir, Parmeshwar Persaud, Kenisha Matheson and Rennae Bender

Meanwhile, passing out ceremony at the New Amsterdam Multilateral School the Prime Minister again encouraged the students to continue aiming high, particularly in fields of Science and Technology.

“We want all of the students to recognise that nothing will be more important for a country such as Guyana than education and that this government will spare no effort to ensure that facilities are provided… that technological support is given … every school should be equipped with a computer lab, every school should be accessing the internet, every school if you need to have easy access and regular attendance, you need to have school buses you need to have books, you need to have boats.  If you live in riverain areas you need to have a hot meal if it is necessary in some areas”

Eion Jotis and Sherlyn Semple were the two top performers of the New Amsterdam Multilateral School.

Minister of Public Telecommunications, Cathy Hughes, while giving brief remarks reminded the graduates that there is currently a need for persons in the ICT sector. “I want to urge you to continue to study to acquire higher education whether it is at the University of Guyana, at a technical vocational institute or even online,” she emphasised.

The graduates were advised to never underestimate their abilities, to defy conventional thinking if needs be, and to take their rightful place in the world.

  • rudeo

    Or become a baggage carrying prime minister like me…

  • Col123

    Reewan and seeta … who deh pon top!… wukking like a jack ass!

  • Col123

    Yea , sit back and wait fuh that welfare check na!

  • Col123

    Yea… fuget the haad wuk!… the welfare check soon come!

    • 75th Rangers RGT

      Bro if you don’t have anything good to say, sit your ass down and shut up.

      • Col123

        What is not good about a welfare check… when it is an expectation…

        • Yannick23

          Col Sir tell his azz because he will never see the light.

          • Col123

            Rather frustrating that this government hasn’t done a darn thing to lift some of the burden off hard working folks trying to educate their children … instead, these nitwits added tax to private education…I was lucky to have an uncle who had us by the table late at night doing math, and other science subjects ..,

  • Parbudin Mackanlall

    Very constructive message from the Prime Minister. Too many students are opting for Principles of Business, Principles of Accounts and Office Practice. The ‘hard’ sciences are needed to catapult this country forward. Also, Integrated Science is a good science subject for arts students to do, but if you want to pursue a career in pure or applied science, engineering, medicine etc, you should do Physics, Chemistry and Biology separately. In the region where I operate students seem to fear these subjects.
    Private -1-2-3 and Rudiot continue to make their trademark imbecilic remarks. I am living for the day when I will see something objective from one of them. Hope springs eternal.

  • Kassem_B

    ‘Focus on “science and technology”, not “work under the sun like a mule” – PM Nagamootoo urges Berbice youths’
    That’s right you sell your soul and everyone to get to the top
    Tough luck you give me that opportunity.

  • rudeo

    This man owes all parents who were/are cane-cutters and whose children he insulted….which parent wants to will an inheritance of cane cutting to his children….this man should be booed and kicked out of any public gathering….the dolt knows all the cane cutters’ children who are very qualified professionals….not a stooge like him….to think he inherited being a baggage boy to officialdom….indentureship never left his bosom…damn eeneemakaraam…guh suh

  • Col123

    Jaggie and you can continue in that world Vic… Governments depend on me bro… I don’t need them.., that has been my world!

  • Col123

    Well … thanks for your service…and Happy veteran’s Day…. look chap, no one is born a moocher…and ethnicity has nothing to do with folks entering hard times…requiring government help…. on these blogging sites…that is the expectation touted for Guyanese as an economic entity , from oil wealth…I have worked in inner city ghettos and Native Americans reservation for a good part of my life… I understand that too well…