Archive for August 27th, 2012

Ramotar has embraced the mistakes of his predecessor – “Joey” Jagan

Ramotar has embraced the mistakes of his predecessor  – Letter by Cheddie “Joey” Jagan (Jr)

Posted By Stabroek staff On August 16, 2012 |  Comments

Dear Editor,

Two months ago, at a meeting at Red House for all the candidates on the PPP/‘Civic,’ I spoke openly and forcefully. It was obvious to me that, at that meeting, the PPP leadership was preparing for a snap general election, and I warned against that and called for local elections as a more immediate concern (they will still try to have general elections, probably early next year). They will remember that I mentioned that we should consider inclusive governance, maybe at local levels like Georgetown, especially with a minority government; that Mr Granger and Mr Ramjattan are not the Taliban or al Qaeda and that we should approach them differently without a confrontational attitude, like was displayed when demonstrations led by ‘Fuzzy’ Sattaur and certain ministers in this government objected to the budget cuts. Ironically, after the budget cuts we all found out about the penchant for extra personal funds on the part of some senior members of NCN.

They all will remember – because all that President Ramotar did was take notes all the time, hardly saying anything – that I told the gathering that President Cheddi would have cut the budget more than APNU and the AFC did if he was alive and in the same situation.   Continue reading

OWNERSHIP IS CRITICAL TO BETTER CXC RESULTS

EDDY GRANT…GEORGETOWN GIRLS. 

OWNERSHIP IS CRITICAL TO BETTER CXC RESULTS

By  EWALT AINSWORTH                             08 24 2012

Results at the last CXC regional examinations were exceptionally disappointing, and from this day forward CARIBBEAN educators and educationists have got to get into the habit of teaching children how to ask questions rather than answering questions.  There is a felt and immediate need to change the old thinking of getting students to cram and cog and expect tremendous results at the end of the semester and or exams.  In essence of cramming and cogging is short term and has the effect of teaching them how to steal and deal and look for performance enhancement drugs.  Taking ownership of the questions has the opposite effect.

And when the child is programmed to ask questions there is dual learning; the child learns and the teacher or parent learns simultaneously.  Having the child google the answer or go to the library and spend hours chatting on Facebook is not lifting and creating the incentive for creative learning.  Asking questions is taking ownership of the outcomes and the examination process must be revised to magnify and emphasise interactions.    Continue reading

SWEET CUSS OUT AT GUYSUCO

BARON…SWEETNESS IS MY WEAKNESS

SWEET CUSS OUT AT GUYSUCO     08 26 2012

By  EWALT AINSWORTH

The GAWU leadership, cane farmers and the Joint Opposition in Guyana may be spoiling for a general strike in the sugar industry over the next couple of days. Guyana’s sweet staple and stabilizer SUGAR; is in steep decline.

The PPP central executive and cabinet members have become perfectly imperfect in ruining all industries and it comes as no surprise that sugar has faltered and continues to falter.  The appointment of a new manikearaam, who lives overseas, has not made it any better;  his once a month visit with all expenses paid seems to have aggravated the situation and a general strike may be in the pipeline.                Continue reading