Personal View: The Future of Education at St. Stanislaus College – by Dr Ken Khan

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St Stanislaus College. Georgetown. Guyana

Personal View on the the Future of Education at St. Stanislaus College, Guyana. – by Dr Ken Khan

This is a personal view and readers are asked to treat it as such.

I found the 3 C’s – COMMUNICATION, COOPERATION and CONSULTATION which are now shown on my SKYPE contact, as a summary of my entire life and delineate concepts that influenced me a great deal as I was growing up and in particular from the time I commenced my secondary education in 1948..

COMMUNICATION – this has to be mutual and involves the sharing of ideas, however disparate and contradictory they may be.

COOPERATION – it is the lack of working and cooperating together, that has led to so much misunderstanding and confusion at so many levels, personal, social, economic, national, political, emotional etc.

CONSULTATION – if only more consultation was done before critical decisions were made, the world would be a much better place for all of us.              

This was the time that Jesuit priests were sent out from UK at the end of World War II and many served in the various parishes scattered up and down the colony of British Guiana, while those with educational qualifications were assigned to teach at Saints. They were all relatively young priests, full of enthusiasm at their lst assignment away from home, and eager to serve their charges. A great team of both educators and parish priests.

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  • Rosaliene Bacchus  On May 5, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Dr. Khan thanks for sharing your personal history as a Jesuit priest and educator. My youngest brother, a former SSC student went on to become a successful financial analyst and consultant. He lives in Southern California.

    As a former teacher at St. Joseph’s High School (1971-1976), I’ve had the opportunity to share SSC’s educational goals for an independent Guyana.

  • de castro  On May 6, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Father Khan as he was known would remember SSC 3B form of rebels
    who were all expelled for descent by Hopkinson…we were the “embryo of revolution”
    Led by my twin brother THOMAS (the non believer) in 1962.

    Fr Scanell “chain smoker” was replaced by “hoppy”
    a year or two earlier.
    We were “rebels without a cause” influenced by the famous
    movie of the times….JAMES DEAN the Hollywood star who
    later died in a car accident….the Elvis Priestly era was very much
    alive then.
    Thomas was instrumental in the burning of the “union jack”
    in a protest march in GT…Cheddi had been elected (democratically)
    in general elections on the run up to “independence” from UK (self government)

    Mc millan the then UK prime minister was advised by Kennedy the then
    Irish president of USA to remove Cheddi as the “Cuban crisis” was in full swing
    and Cheddi was considered a communist….his white american wife was
    a member of the communist movement at the time in US/UK s history.
    It would have established a foothold of communist on the Latin american continent.
    History has a funny way of repeating itself as per Hugo Chavez only recently.

    Guyana s constitution was suspended and new elections called
    under a PR (proportional representation) system to replace Chedi..
    Before “black watch” British regiment that were despatched to
    BRITISH GUYANA arrived and new elections held GT was in flames…

    Union Jack burnt in protest…..

    Father KHAN will remember and hopefully acknowledge this bit of
    Guyana s history as History is mostly written by the victors not the vanquished,
    As the twin brother of Thomas …I write this bit of history in memory of
    my deceased brother Thomas De Castro who can be described as
    a freedom fighter in the likeness of his mentor CHE GUEVERA..
    his son lives on in the name CHE who is called “chuck” in north america today.

    The ICON Che lives on in the hearts and minds of people today.
    Mandella …Marley…Ghandi ..even McGregor (as per Hollywood blockbuster movie) BRAVE HEART …PEOPLE WHO would give/GAVE THEIR LIVES
    for freedom …..Freedom to think…freedom of thinking…in today’s language.


  • de castro  On May 6, 2013 at 1:49 am

    Peace and reconciliation as per Desmond Tu Tu is a bit of what Guyana needs today to help to heal the devide of its peoples…
    in memory of the words of FORBES LINDEN SAMPSON BURNHAM



  • Cyril Balkaran  On May 6, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Yes, Father Khan has re-echoed the dire needs of the Guyanese Politicians and those 65 great occupants of the Parliament. Only in sober times can we very well reflect on the need for the 3c’s of Father Khan. Communication. Cooperation and Consultation. Yes this should be the new Political MANTRA of the People every where but more so in the Political Arena. The world will indeed be a better place and all humanity however divided they may be can live in peace and plenty. We are but human beings who are not perfect but we surely can iron out our differences and continue our journey in this life. Let us all practice the MANTRA of Living. COMMUNICATION! COOPERATION! CONSULTATION. God Bless All!

  • de castro  On May 6, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    Did not figure you were a devotee of religion….the opium of the church.
    Religion is usually exchanged for education as was my formal education
    in the years at SSC…my mother a devote catholic wished her 5 sons
    and two daughters to be “priests and nuns”….her wishes never
    materialised for obvious reasons…our generation was being educated
    with internal/external changes politically.
    Religion is one of the root causes of WARS ….economics and politics
    the other…..history has taught us this ….we can but learn from the
    mistakes of past by not repeating them today.
    Educators like father khan were influential figures but I
    would question the establishments motive today…
    Education remains the responsibility of state….up to and including
    First degrees….after that individuals may choose to sell their
    “services” wherever they choose to further enhance improve their
    Up to first degree should be free to anyone with the ability
    after that they must repay the state in time or money for
    their education.
    My spin entirely.

  • Cyril Balkaran  On May 7, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Kamptan, I have written several books on a variety of subjects and they are available in Caribbean bookshops and at Piarco Int Airport included. Titles include Spirituality and Divinity. Challenges of Public Health in the 21st Century. Yoga and the powers inherent in the daily parctice of Yoga. The Mantras and applications in the Dark Age of Kaliyuga. My Swamiji. The life and times of Swami ganapati of Mysore India.If you wish a copy send me your postal address by email and I’ll be glad to gift you a copy. Keep up the dialogue and continue the good works of your life time.

  • de castro  On May 9, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Thanks my brother for good wishes of encouragement.
    I do enjoy your disagreements even though they say “great minds think alike”
    Write on my brother …life is but a dream in words.

    Kamptan PS e mailed you desperately.

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