Principal and Staff of MacDonald College,
In beginning let me express our sincere
appreciation and thanks
for your kind invitation to be here with you on this for us certainly
We view this occasion and this opportunity
to speak with you with
great significance as yours, the MacDonald College, is a school
The MacDonald College serves a six mile
radius from Victoria, St.
Mark’s to Mt. Rich, St. Patrick’s.
Within this area falls approximately
one-tenth of Grenada’s
National Youth population.
Almost every family in this entire area
has some contact, at some
level with the school and derive some benefit from that contact.
This gives the school its concrete and
This places upon the school the noble task
of providing secondary
education for a substantial number of our young people.
Already it can boast amongst its alumni
several persons occupying
leading position in our national life and polity.
It is for this particular reason we
consider being here of
The People’s Revolutionary Government
salutes the fine work of
the MacDonald College over the past 19 years.
In recognising your contribution to
education in Grenada, a
contribution made at a time when the British Colonialist and the
Gairy dictatorship had neglected totally this vital area, leaving the
of schools, the provision of teachers, entirely up to missionaries and
like the Presbyterian Church, we observe carefully and with pleasure
that the student
body and indeed all of MacDonald College constituted a strong element
glorious struggle to rid our country of tyranny and dictatorship.
Even at gun point the management, staff
and student body bravely
resisted Gairy’s attempt to subvert the school.
History records that you were successful
in the defence of the
integrity of this college.
History notes also that hundreds of
students of MacDonald College
formed a dynamic and vocal part of the historic marches of our people
streets of St. George’s in 1974.
Thus, comrades we recognise the student
body of this school as a
tangible component of that indomitable force which pushes our country
With that heritage comrades it is
imperative that you the 55
students graduating here today continue as you move to assume greater
responsibilities in society, to be a vibrant and resourceful part of
collective strength for development.
You will become workers and thus have the
heavy task of
developing our economy thrust upon you.
A workers responsibility is a very serious
one as workers are
indeed the most critical social force.
This force must be united and strong, for
constitutes workers strength.
Just as you united a student body too as
you join our labour
force it is absolutely necessary that you quickly cement your links
workers to defend and increase the rights and benefits our workers have
virtue of their heroic stubbles over the years.
Of course the situation will pose many
trials and tests for you.
The Revolution inherited an astronomical
unemployment figure of
In three years that figure had been
reduced to 27% and the recent
unemployment census conducted by the Ministry of Planning revealed that
7040 of our people are unemployed; they are actively looking for jobs
find those jobs.
1019 of these live right here in St.
Patrick’s and another 342
residents in St. Mark’s.
You must note carefully also that 63.96%
of the unemployed are of
your age group – between 16-25.
The prospects then are not very cheerful
and demands your active
involvement in the popular process of finding a solution to this
Already we have started to tackle this
problem in earnest.
A series of parish conferences on
unemployment were held between May-June,
1982, culminating in a National Conference on June 28, 1982.
We know that various answers will emerge
from these conferences.
However, the overall strategy will have to
production. Only by increasing production can we create more real job
opportunities and get the economy moving.
This is precisely why our policy has
always been to link
education and production; this is why 1980 was declared the year of
and Production; it is for this reason that a couple weeks ago in June,
Agricultural Farm School was opened in La Sagesse; it is for this
another farm school will be opened in the next academic year in Six
Carriacou; this is why three new primary schools will be opened shortly
Bonaire, Corinth and Loretto; this is why under the theme “Education is
Production too” a Conference on Education and Culture for Liberation in
Caribbean Basin will be held in November 1982 in Carriacou; this is why
gives us tremendous satisfaction to commend this college on having
school farm ten years ago, on being the first site where Agricultural
was started in Grenada for the GCE examinations; for being the first to
students for this subject in the CXC examinations and for having
instituted a clear
work/study and agricultural programme.
Education certainly is production too!
To give concrete and practical meaning to
this slogan it is
necessary, comrades, to seek its application not only in the formal
institutions but also in our everyday life.
Surely illiteracy has been one factor
impeding and thwarting the
efforts of our people to increase and step up production.
Therefore, the task is to make all our
people literate; those
already directly involved in production must be educated.
Here you graduating students and others
who will be remaining on
must play a key role in the Centre for Popular Education – Adult
Programme Phase II.
Already some 336 teachers and 2,000 pupils
have signed up.
The four reading books which go with this
Phase II have now
arrived and the programme should be fully underway very soon.
It is now history that 1,000 teachers and
4,000 pupils were
involved in Phase I.
Let us now look forward to Phase II and
sign up as teachers or
pupils to ensure we give practical meaning and concrete substance to
education is production too.
Comrades, a while ago we were speaking of
few jobs and too many
people vying for them.
There is another area of insufficiency we
must speak of here;
this time it is a case of too few persons and too many offers.
Comrades, since, since our Revolution many
of our young people
have been able to take up scholarships abroad; today there are over 300
Grenadian students studying abroad in a wide variety of fields ranging
medicine to cooperatives.
We have reached a stage where the Ministry
of Education has
encountered extreme difficulty in finding persons suitably qualified to
For instance, the U.S.S.R. has offered us
40 scholarships; the
Ministry of Education could only accept 23 of these as it could not
other 17 persons to take the scholarships; a happy but regrettable
This tells us that our students need to
apply and address
themselves diligently to their study in order to leave school highly
and equipped to move to the university level.
The opportunities exist and they must not
In this contact permit me to suggest that
initiative taken by the National Youth Organisation (N.Y.O.) and the
Students Council (N.S.C.) to launch an intensive study drive towards
the end of
each academic year can perhaps be more gainful and productive if it is
undertaken much earlier, perhaps at the beginning of each calendar year.
The objective reasons for harder study are
Through its National In-Service Teacher
(NISTEP), a 3 year programme designed to train the bulk of our primary
teachers, the Ministry of Education is also preparing to produce a
Now 2/3 complete NISTEP will ensure that
students arrive at the
Secondary School level at a much more advanced cultural and academic
This will be particularly the case as the
NISTEP training will
improve next year as Grenada has obtained 4 scholarships funded by the
agency Organisation for Cooperation in Overseas Development (OCOD).
These four teachers will be trained to
teach science in primary
schools as it is the intention of the Ministry to introduce the
science in primary schools.
Thus, when primary school leavers reach
the Secondary School
Science for them (sic) won’t be a new or strange subject.
These initiatives we have taken in
education because we long
realised that if we are to liberate our country completely and finally
transform the education for domination imposed upon us by colonialism
education for liberation and production.
The educational system can’t be one which
produces candidates for
various levels in administration and commerce, non-productive spheres;
be a system which creates a bottle neck between primary and secondary
it can’t be a system which is abstract, theoretical and verbalized, and
separated from the real socio-economic life of the majority of people
Such a system is education for the
domination of a few.
What Grenada and all oppressed and
struggling peoples the world
over need is an education for liberation and production.
The school and the community must be
linked to enable teachers
and students to engage in real life activities – cultural, political,
This is the rationale for our Community
School Day Programme
(CSDP) which takes place on Thursday of every week.
It means the concrete and right linkage of
theory and practice.
This is the process of education for
It must be advanced at the work place
raising the consciousness
of the workers and restructuring the workplace to serve the needs and
of the whole of society not just of a few.
It means making the school a real and
viable instrument of
liberation by placing [it] full square in production. This is the
system we are
LONG LIVE THE SYSTEM OF EDUCATION FOR
LONG LIVE THE STUDENTS OF MACDONALD
LONG LIVE THE REVOLUTION!