eGovernment Agency completes Phase 1 Secondary Schools Internet Connectivity Project

In keeping with the mandate given by President David Grangers to have all public institutions including schools equipped with Internet services in order to facilitate the transition from traditional learning techniques to a modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) approach. The eGovernment Agency, Ministry of Public Telecommunications has been working feverishly to make this possible.

 

Eighty three Secondary schools, five Regional Educational Development Offices, both University Campuses and ten Technical and Vocational institutions in Administrative Regions: 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 are now connected to the eGovernment 4G LTE (Long Term Evolution) network which extends from Skeldon in Region six to Charity in Region two. Giving a total of 100 educational institutions connected to the network.
Minister of Public Telecommunications, Hon. Cathy Hughes, sees this development as the beginning of a long overdue process that will ultimately enhance ICT literacy across Guyana and improve our chances for rapid business development. Mr. Floyd Levi, Head of the eGovernment Agency, also echoed similar sentiments when he said that “access to Broadband Internet is indispensable for education in this era”.

High speed Internet was also installed at New Amsterdam and Mahaicony Technical Institutes in Regions 5 and 6; the Government Technical Institute, the Guyana Industrial Training Center and the Carnegie School of Home Economics in Region 4; the Essequibo Technical Institute and the New Opportunity Corps in Region 2, and the Leonora Technical Institute in Region 3.

This initiative is a vital part of the Ministry of Education’s five-year strategic plan which was drafted some years ago. It was hinged on the operationalization of the ill-fated fibre optic cable that the previous government had ‘landed’ from neighbouring Brazil. This cable was supposed to have been laid subterraneously along the Linden to Lethem corridor, then along the Linden/Soesdyke Highway to connect with the fibre optic internet network in the city. A studied analysis of the severely damaged cable is still in progress. Reports state that it was very badly handled by the contractors who should have buried the full length of the cable at least three (3 feet) below the top soil.
Because this cable is currently unusable, internet connection for schools and public service agencies in inland and hinterland communities will now take longer than the original Ministry of Education strategic plan for education connection had anticipated.
The eGovernment Agency was determined to satisfy the original MoE objective of completing the connection of all schools and institutes located within radius of any LTE tower within the first two weeks of this 2016 academic Christmas term, and they have succeeded. This specified timeframe was mainly to accommodate students preparing for the next round of CXC examinations. From 2017 candidates will be required to submit their School-Based Assessment (SBA) projects online. Much of their reading material is available only in e-libraries.

Schools and educational institutions connected to the eGovernment Network

1. Abram Zuil Secondary School
2. Anna Regina Multi Secondary School
3. Charity Secondary School
4. Cotton Field Secondary School
5. Johanna Cecelia Secondary School
6. Aurora Secondary School
7. Essequibo Technical Institute
8. Region 2 REDO Office
9. 8th May Secondary School
10. Cyril Potter College Of Education
11. New Opportunity Corps
12. Patentia Secondary School
13. L’Adventure Secondary School
14. Vreed-en-Hoop Secondary School
15. Region 3 REDO Office (RDC)
16. Uitvlugt Secondary School
17. Parika/Salem Secondary School
18. Stewartville Secondary School
19. Vergenoegen Secondary School
20. Leguan Secondary School *
21. Leonora Secondary School
22. Zeeburg Secondary School
23. West Demerara Secondary School (SEIP)
24. (ECD) Annandale Secondary School (SEIP)
25. (ECD) Region 4 REDO Office RDC (SEIP)
26. (ECD) Beterverwagting Secondary School
27. (ECD) Bladen Hall Secondary School
28. (ECD) Friendship Secondary School
29. (ECD) Hope Secondary School
30. (ECD) Plaisance Secondary School
31. (ECD) Ann’s Grove Secondary School
32. (ECD) Buxton Secondary School
33. (EBD) Diamond Secondary School (SEIP)
34. (EBD) Covent Garden Secondary School
35. (EBD) Houston Secondary School
36. (GT) North Georgetown Secondary School
37. (GT) Richard Ishmael Secondary School
38. (GT) St. Joseph High School
39. (GT) Tutorial High School
40. (GT) Georgetown Technical Institute
41. (GT) Georgetown Industrial Training Center
42. (GT) Carnegie School of Home Economics
43. (GT) Queen’s College
44. (GT) Kingston Secondary School
45. (GT) Queenstown Secondary School
46. (GT) St. John’s College Secondary School
47. (GT) St. Barnabas Special School
48. (GT) St. Winefride’s Secondary School
49. (GT) New Campbellville Secondary School
50. (GT) Cummings Lodge Secondary School
51. (GT) North Ruimveldt Secondary School (SEIP)
52. (GT) Christ Church Secondary School (SEIP)
53. (GT) The Bishop’s High School
54. (GT) St. George’s High School
55. (GT) St. Rose’s High Secondary School
56. (GT) St. Stanislaus College School
57. (GT) Brickdam Secondary School
58. (GT) Central High Secondary School
59. (GT) Charlestown Secondary School
60. (GT) St. Mary’s Secondary School
61. (GT) Ascension Secondary School
62. (GT) Carmel Secondary School
63. (GT) Dolphin Secondary School
64. (GT) Freeburg Secondary School
65. (GT) Lodge Secondary School
66. (GT) Tucville Secondary School
67. (GT) East Ruimveldt Secondary School
68. (GT) South Ruimveldt Park Secondary School
69. (GT) Cyril Potter College of Education (Turkeyen)
70. Bygeval Secondary School (SEIP)
71. Belladrum Secondary School
72. Bush Lot Secondary School
73. Fort Wellington Secondary School
74. Mahaicony Secondary School
75. Rosignol Secondary School
77. Lancaster Secondary School
77 Lancaster Secondary School
78. No. 8 Secondary School
79. Region 5 REDO Office
80. Region 6 REDO Office
81. Berbice Educational Institute Secondary School
82. Berbice High Secondary School
83. Canje Secondary School
84. J. C. Chandisingh Secondary School
85. Manchester Secondary School
86. New Amsterdam Multilatera Secondary School
87. Skeldon Line Path Secondary School
88 Vryman’s Erven Secondary School
89. Central Corentyne Secondary School
90. Corentyne Comprehensive Secondary School
91. Lower Corentyne Secondary School
92. Port Mourant Secondary School
93. Skeldon High School
94. Tagore Memorial Secondary School
95. Tutorial Academy Secondary School
96. Winifred Gaskin Memorial Secondary School
97. Upper Corentyne Technical Institute
98. New Amsterdam Technical Institute
99. Cyril Potter College of Education (Johns)
100. University of Guyana (Johns)
101. University of Guyana (Tain)