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Education officials in Guyana tackle truancy in Region 6

Georgetown, Guyana April 22, 2010 - Following the Ministry of Education and UNICEF’s one-day public forum one week ago on ‘Promoting safe, acceptable behaviours and positive values in schools’, strategies to tackle truancy have been put into action.


Ministry officials in Region 6, (one of the ten regions of the country located near Suriname - East Berbice/Corentyne) are taking action to ensure that every child receives an education.  According to the Ministry of Education, those parents who are keeping their children away from school are being placed before the magistrate to justify their actions.  So far seven parents were placed before the courts and 13 others were recently issued with letters of summon from the ministry.


Regional Education Officer, Shafiran Bhajan, stated that the education and welfare officers have begun conducting weekly campaigns to eradicate truancy in the region.  She also indicated that the officers are visiting the schools to check on attendance and school records. They are also visiting the homes of affected children to ensure they are attending school. 


Bhajan further stated that they are following-up and are sending a strong message to the parents of children who are not attending school that truancy would not be taken lightly.


For more information:

Leslyn Thompson, lthompson@unicef.org, UNICEF Guyana

Tamar Hahn, thahn@unicef.org, UNICEF Latin America and the Caribbean





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