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Date:  11/29/2010 

-The Single Parent Assistance Programme (29 percent female headed households) was introduced in 2009. This porgramme offers skills training or retraining, assistance with day care costs and project funds to start micro-economic activity. In its first year, 700 single-headed household (majority female) benefitted from the Programme across the ten administrative regions;
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Date:  11/24/2010 

10.Guyana has a gross enrollment ratio of nearly 80% for its pre-school/nursery programme. The Ministry of Education hopes that this will be improved in the near future as it has proposed in it new education legislating that the two-year pre-school or nursery education programme should be compulsory, and it has set a goal of more than 90 percent of the relevant age cohort being enrolled by the end of this plan period.

Guyana, like most other countries, with the exception of Haiti, has virtually achieved universal primary education. Although in recent years the net enrollment ratio has dropped from the well over 90% to about 88%, the Ministry feels that this is more due to a margin of error by the Bureau of Statistics in estimating the school age population at almost the end of a census period (nearly ten years) than to an actual fall in the enrolment ratio. Indeed the Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) carried out by the Bureau of Statistics with support from UNICEF in 2006 revealed that “96% of primary school age children are enrolled in school regardless of the sex”. At the primary level, the Ministry has maintained improved literacy and numeracy as the most important objective. The Ministry has, with assistance from the World Bank, done one Early Grade Reading Assessment and the recently created (2009) Literacy Unit is taking steps to remedy the weakness identified in the Assessment. The Ministry established a literacy Unit in 2009 with the specific mandate of improving the level of literacy both in and out f school. The Literacy Unit has Literacy Coordinators in all the education departments to monitor the implementation of the Literacy Hou in schools and provide support for teachers as they implement the various activities.

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Date:  11/24/2010 

11.Guyana has already achieved an enrollment rate of about 75% at the secondary level. The Ministry has however committed to achieving Universal Secondary Education (USE) in its current Strategic Plan. Currently most persons completing the primary level move on to secondary school because education is compulsory until age 15. It was noted however that the drop-out rate increased significantly after grades 8 and 9 which contributed to the lower enrollment ratio at this level. The Ministry of education has embarked on a number of strategic reforms at the secondary level. These include the Secondary Competency Certificate Programme (SCCP), a technical and vocational programme offering English and Mathematics plus electives such as Agricultural Engineering, Electrical Installation, Garment Construction, Catering, Technical Drawing, Carpentry, Joinery, Decorative Craft etc. Twenty-six schools are currently offering this programme and the Ministry hopes to expand to 70 school by 2013. The Ministry has also introduced a six-year secondary school programme, with a remedial year for students who did not do well at the primary level. A special curriculum has been designed with a major emphasis on Mathematics, English and Reading in the first year. An emphasis on Science and Technology and the use of Information and communication Technology (ICT) are also among the Initiatives.

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Date:  11/24/2010 

12.Guyana still has some way to go to achieve a tertiary participation rate of 40%, however, enrollment in post secondary technical and vocational education appears to be increasing in the last few years and it will increase even further with the completion of two additional technical institutes in regions that currently do not have such facilities.

13.Finally, the Ministry of Education is giving considerable importance to the development of life skills, including the promotion of healthy lifestyles and decision-making skills, in its Health and Family Life Education (HFLE) programme. The Ministry feels that this programme needs to be strengthened considerably if it is to achieve the desired objectives. To this end, it commissioned a review of the programme by external consultants and will be making some changes, especially in the training of teachers to implement such programmes.

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