Education in Guyana
In the last decade, Guyana has made important progress in improving access to education at all levels, by increasing the number of trained teachers, providing more access to interactive technology, in particular computers, and upgrading physical facilities.
Despite this progress, Guyana’s education system is still recovering from years of underinvestment and faces many challenges, including quality and equity of early childhood education services, teaching quality, and accessing reliable education data.
From 2006 to 2012, public sector allocations to education averaged 3.8% of GDP.
Guyana’s education sector plan (ESP) 2014-2018 outlines two priorities:
- Increasing learning outcomes for all levels of education and all sub-groups.
- Decreasing the differences in learning outcomes between sub-groups, especially between students in coastal and hinterland schools. The learning outcomes of primary concern are literacy and numeracy, followed by science and technology.
The plan’s outcome indicators include:
- Increasing the percentage of grade 4 students who master literacy to 50% by 2018
- Increasing the proportion of grade 6 students who earn 50% or more in core subjects to 40%
- Improving the percentage of students who pass tests in math, English and Science in public secondary schools to 60%.
The ESP adopts various strategies to address quality and equity issues, such as strengthening literacy and numeracy programs, increasing the number of trained teachers, improving the school environment, targeting of interventions to disadvantaged groups and strengthening sector governance and management.