Georgetown, Guyana – (September 14, 2018) First Lady, Mrs. Sandra Granger, today, urged residents of Essequibo Islands- West Demerara (Region Three) to prepare for new jobs in the area of technology. The First Lady was at the time addressing awardees at that Region’s award ceremony held at the Aracari Resort.

Mrs. Granger noted that in the future, sixty percent of jobs globally will be executed by robots and ninety percent of the jobs done by women, will become obsolete.

“We see artificial intelligence being used in [the manufacturing sector], in the fields of agriculture and aviation, medicine and merchandising, to name a few… I urge you to think beyond today and imagine where you will want to be a few years down the road… focus on those skills that will help you secure employment after you leave school,” the First Lady stressed.

Some 100 students were awarded by the Regional Administration for their outstanding performance in all national examinations. As such, the First Lady took the opportunity to encourage the awardees to prepare themselves for the new technological era by learning new skills so as to remain relevant in a modern workforce.

Mrs. Granger congratulated the Regional Education Department for recognizing and rewarding the high performance of the students and teachers while expressing satisfaction with student and teacher athletes also being recognised.

Teachers who performed exceptionally well at the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), teachers with more than 27 years of unbroken service, retirees and other individuals who contributed to the development of education in Region Three were also awarded.

Awards were also issued to the most improved school in the region and organizations that contributed to the advancement of the education system in the region.

Regional Information Officer- Mr. Ganesh Mahipaul who spoke on behalf of the Regional Executive Officer Mr. Dennis Jaikaran, said it is the Region’s intention to host the awards annually.

Meanwhile, the West Demerara Secondary School received the most awards in the Secondary schools’ category. Nine of ten awards were won by the school for its performance at the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) examinations.

This year, the school secured a 90 percent pass rate with 100 percent pass rate in English and over 90 percent in Mathematics– an achievement that last happened some 53 years ago.

Head Teacher of the School, Mr. Harrynarine said among other things, a rounded curriculum aided in the school’s success at this year’s CSEC examinations. In that regard, he also applauded the First Lady’s involvement with the school in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Robotics.

This year, the school’s top student, Setram Mohamed secured 15 passes at the examination. Mohamed who has experienced several financial challenges in preparation for the examinations expressed much gratitude to his mother who he said supported him over the years despite the many challenges.

The aspiring geologist acknowledged the First Lady’s advice and vows to acquire skills that will prepare him for a bright future in the area of technology.

The Guyana Police Force’s ‘D’ Division was also awarded for its contribution to the region.

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