Ethnic Improprieties Alleged In Guyana’s Region 8

Hardbeatnews, GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Dec. 8, 2005: Guyana’s Ethnic Relations Commission is reportedly investigating a number of allegations of discrimination observed in the selection of students for training programs in the largely Amerindian-populated areas of Region Eight, Potaro/Siparuni.

The investigations follow a recent visit to the region by a team of officials of the ERC lead by its Chairman, Juan Edghill. Among the communities visited by the team were Madhia, Monkey Mountain, Kato, Paramakatoi, Tumatumari, Campbeltown and Micobee.

While at Madhia, the Commission was told by a number of residents that even though their children have outperformed others, they were not among those selected under training programs in Georgetown, which include the Patient Care Assistant courses.

The small community already has few educational institutions, none of which are recognized by the Ministry of Education as legitimate centers for the sitting of Caribbean Examination Council or General Certificate of Education examinations, according to a government statement. And the region makes provision for a limited number of students from the Madhia Secondary School to sit the exams at Paramakatoi, Bartica or at Linden.

The regional officer has refuted the claims made against the office, according to GINA. –