The Government of Guyana provides free public education to all children from the age of 3.1 years. University education is not free. The school system comprises of
l. Preschool/Nursery Education. Nursery schools offer a two year early childhood programme to all children acquiring the age of three years and one month. This level of education is not compulsory but each Guyanese child is guaranteed a place in school. The school hours are from 08.30 to 12.00 noon.
2. Primary Education (Elementary). Primary school starts from the age of five years and nine months and provides a six year programme leading to entrance in a secondary school programme. This level of education is, by law, compulsory hence parents can be deemed negligent if a child older than five years and nine months is not enrolled. After this level, children take the Secondary Schools Entrance Examination (SSEE) in order to gain entrance to Secondary Schools.
Students receive five hours of school per day from Monday to Friday. Classes normally start at 08.30 and end at 15.00. The lunch period is from 11.30 to 13.00.
3. Secondary Education (High School). Secondary schools offer three types of programmes for children who have completed Primary School and taken the SSEE. The programmes are referred to as: The Community High School, the Multi- lateral High School and the General Secondary School.
The School year begins in September and ends in August and is divided into three terms of 13 weeks each.|
Two Mills Primary School near Bartica
School girl in Georgetown
School building in Georgetown
Small Catholic school in central Guyana
Guyanese school in Bartica
Anais Private School in Guyana
School girls in Georgetown
School in northern Guyana
Banner outside a school in Georgetown