Even as schools throughout Guyana reopened their doors since the beginning of September, children, particularly those attending primary and nursery schools along the Pomeroon River in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), have to face much inconvenience since their schools were not properly rehabilitated during the July/August vacation.Children from Hackney, Malbrough and Akawini in the Lower Pomeroon are presently forced to utilise residents’ washrooms owing to the lack of proper washroom facilities at the Government schools.According to coalition Councillor Julian Cummings, both the primary and nursery schools’ roofs in Malbrough are leaking. Cummings related that several parents from the Pomeroon areas have complained about the issues affecting their children. As such, he called for the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) to intervene in helping to fix the schools in the areas and for the Department of Education staff to be more visible, observing that most of the schools have issues, but none were ever reported. On that note, he called for Education Officers to conduct more field visits and to serve in the best interest of the children.In responding, acting Regional Chairperson Nandranie Coonjah said that a team should visit the areas and access the situation. She said that having an education was important and children must be given a conducive environment to learn. She also instructed Councillor Cummings to be part of the team for the visit.Clerk of the RDC, Regional Executive Officer (REO) Rupert Hopkinson said that no ranger or overseer reported the matter to him. He said he, however, knew that some works were conducted on schools in the Pomeroon during the summer vacation, particularly plumbing. He then promised to follow up on the issue.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Martinez, 34, was appointed to the board last year. She said improving the English-language learner program is one of her priorities, along with getting more parents involved in their children’s education. “As the world continues to move forward, the expectations for student achievement will increase also,” Martinez said. “My four goals are working together with parents and teachers, providing a safe environment for students to learn, creating goals and objectives that everyone clearly understands and demonstrating accountability for all of our students through strong leadership.” Martinez’s husband, Jesse Benavente, had also filed to run for the Los Nietos school board, but has since dropped out of the race, citing personal time constraints involved with his plans to attend police academy next year. Escobedo says the current board has contributed to a “cycle of low expectations,” and points to his experience in founding the booming Pioneer High School alumni group as proof that he can bring a large amount of community support to Los Nietos schools. “Board members will tell you there’s no problem, but (Los Nietos is) ranked a 3,” Escobedo said. “The board has to be held accountable for that. We have to draw a line in the sand and say no more.” Vasquez, 44, agreed: “It’s time for a change. Once you’re on the board, you have to be accountable. We need to start to work on raising student achievement and test scores.” Villalba, 51, said she believes there should be a cap on the number of years that one person can serve on the school board. “You need new ideas and viewpoints. Everyone gets relaxed, you just need to change and it’s time now for a change,” Villalba said. “We need to raise the standards in schools. Our children’s futures are at stake.” Tracy Garcia can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WEST WHITTIER — Test scores may have improved over the years, but candidates in the Los Nietos School District school board election next week agree that still more needs to be done to raise student achievement. Five candidates are vying for three seats on the board in the Nov. 8 elections — incumbents Gloria Duran and Cathy Martinez, and challengers Art Escobedo, Grisel Vasquez and Diana Villalba. Gloria Duran, 68, a 16-year member of the board, said students over the past few years have made progress in raising test scores. The district also has pioneered a host of new programs, including full-day kindergarten, a two-week preschool and an after-school recreational program. “I will continue to give clear direction to the superintendent on the high expectations that we have for students,” Duran said. “I’m also interested in communication taking place between fifth- and sixth-grade teachers and maintaining our (class-size reduction program) in grades K-3.”