Guyana: Central High merged with St. Mary’s High School and relocated

  • various governments accused of neglect. – New School Address is on Princess Street

    The old Central High School. Georgetown. Guyana

By Stabroek News – December 28, 2019

Central High School which was located on Smyth Street, Georgetown, as of September 2019, was merged with St. Mary’s High School and is now the “The New Central High School.” The new address is 5-6 Princess Street. Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown.

This announcement was disclosed at Central High School’s final graduation in November. However no word was given as to the reason for merging one school with the other.   

The school’s building on Smyth Street was the subject of much criticism as the structure which housed hundreds of students appeared to be derelict. 

Following the revelation that the school, which existed since 1928 would be no more, a number of former Central High School students in various ways called out the Ministry of Education (MoE) and government for neglecting the school as it has been in need of renovations for some years.

 

Students, the Board and Members of the PTA protesting in front of the Education Ministry on February 7th, 2018 over plans to shut the school.

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Central High School not being downgraded or phased out

—- St Mary’s High School to go

The New Central High School located at Princes Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown
The New Central High School located at Princes Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown

The New Central High School will retain its ‘A’ Grade status, while the St Mary’s High School, which it was merged with, is set to be phased out.

In September 2019, Central High School, which was located on Smyth Street, Georgetown, was merged with St Mary’s High and then branded as “The New Central High School.”

According to Marcia Paddy-Andrews, Regional Education Officer within the office of the Deputy Chief Education Officer, the intention of the ministry was not to merge Central with St Mary’s or any other high school. In an interview with this newspaper, Paddy-Andrews explained that the ministry for a long time was facing the issue of what should be done with Central High School as the building in which it was located was deemed not safe and did not have adequate facilities for students and teachers.

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  • Clyde Duncan  On December 30, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Colin wrote:

    At this point I have no interest in the New Central High School – a school that has no relevance to me ….

    It’s a sad day!

  • Carl Veecock  On December 31, 2019 at 12:31 am

    An apparent political decision as take over negotiations with the descendants’ owner were not satisfactory. So let them keep their delapidated building and land while we take away the students.
    Both sides foolish and stupid.

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