The Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Monday hosted its annual Bursary Awards ceremony for children of its members who have excelled at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA).
Attending the ceremony were representatives from the Ministry of Education, the GPF, beneficiaries and their families.
In his address, Acting Commissioner of Police David Ramnarine underscored the need for children to practise reading, noting that, “there is a significant distinction between education and qualification.”
“Today, I want to tell you to fall into the habit of doing serious reading because reading will play the most important role in your personality development, hereafter,” he stated.
Ramnarine encouraged the students to continue to read in an effort to understand and acquire knowledge that will make them more informed and better individuals.
On this note, he advised the students to remain grateful to their parents for the sacrifices made to allow them the opportunity to have an education.
Former Deputy Registrar of the University of Guyana, Vincent Alexander, congratulated the GPF on behalf of the Ministry of Education, and encouraged it to continue hosting the annual event.
“That the Guyana Police Force has embraced Bursaries for children who are going on to secondary education, and that those bursaries will be disbursed throughout a five year period, is an indication of the Force’s appreciation and recognition for education,” he said.
Alexander reiterated that education was not determined by the acquisition of certificates: “Education is that which equips a human being to deal not only with a job, but all of the challenges presented to us in life and the world.”
Alexander also posited that acquisition of education would lead to the reduction in crime: “Education can reduce abuse, because education is supposed to induce reasoning and a rational approach to life.”