Allow me place to remark on EB John’s ‘Congratulations to the Government/Goal Awardees – program needed’ in the Stabroek Information of August 18, 2021. I believe the letter was well supposed but its execution was marred by misplaced notions of education, cynicism, and inaccuracies. This response will take a proactive strategy with the check out of reminding/enlightening audience of the broad function of education/ scholarships from the perspective of Aim/Governing administration of Guyana and the awareness modern society. To commence, discovering jobs is not the only/most important functionality of schooling/coaching. Education is, in each and every feeling, a fundamental factor in improvement. No country can reach sustainable economic advancement with no substantial expenditure in human funds. Education enriches people’s comprehending of on their own and the earth and improves the high-quality of their lives which finally sales opportunities to wide social gains to individuals, communities and the culture. Training raises people’s productivity and creativeness and promotes entrepreneurship and technological advances in the direction of the objective of economic and social progress. Further, it equips men and women to comprehend the require for paradigm change, as a consequence of social, financial, scientific, cultural and political changes transpiring around them.
Today’s globe is progressively understanding-centered. A knowledge-primarily based financial system contains well educated citizens and relies on the information of the citizens to travel its innovation, entrepreneurship and dynamism. Knowledge rests on working with, implementing and transferring facts. A information-based culture as a result, supplies the system to compete and succeed in the switching financial and political dynamics of the modern day globe. Objective 2021 scholarships commenced the fulfillment of the PPP-C Manifesto promises and the Funds 2021 allocations. These scholarships assistance qualified instruction and techniques advancement for pupils and doing the job experts exactly where community greater schooling ability is weak or non-existent. The PPP-C and President Ali’s eyesight of equitable education and learning and education opportunities will involve bringing education and learning into the villages and houses of Guyanese. It would be hard to deny this laudable initiative with classes and programs aimed at getting ready tomorrow’s generation of ground breaking leaders to confront day-to-day everyday living issues, consider gain of economic and lifelong studying prospects and contribute to their communities. These scholarships, as a result, are found as important motorists for reducing poverty, achieving gender equality, and fostering socioeconomic expansion and enhancement.
John’s cynical comment, ‘what a hungry community!’ about the food items and nourishment software hence, flies in the encounter of schooling/education wide features and desires of an evolving awareness modern society. Equally, the ‘needed plan’ to look at work opportunities, in particular in or similar to the general public provider, misses the issue about the underlying position and goal of education, a lot more so, inside the Intention scholarship standpoint. In fact, it seems that John’s refined concept/issue is irrespective of whether these scholarship recipients would in time switch/displace the recent cadre of public servants. It is true that facilitating lots of of these scholarships demands investments in broadband/large-speed net products and services which may well not be available/feasible in some areas, for explanations these kinds of as length/remoteness, topography of the terrain and sparse inhabitants. At the exact time, sustainable economic growth may well be hindered devoid of considerable expenditure in the mechanisms which aid development of human capital. Consequently, in this evolving oil and fuel overall economy with awareness-based aspirations, EB John’s comprehension of “costly distribution of the technological innovation to aid this (what he calls) expansive ‘virtual’ process” may be misplaced.
Eventually, it would have been far more valuable to analyze Objective scholarships as a result of the lens of gain-cost tradeoffs, gender representation and regional spread. These analyses would direct to bigger appreciation of the function of wide-distribute education in financial development and the result of schooling/schooling on labour efficiency, poverty, trade, technologies, well being, earnings distribution and Guyana’s competitiveness.
Ronald Singh, LLM, MS, Barrister
Deputy Director (Student Affairs),