CARDI-funded aquaponics/hydroponics programme for Mackenzie High School

The five MHS top agriculture students who were placed on the merit list for the Caribbean (Photo via Guyana Chronicle)
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(Department of Public Information Press Release) Given its record-breaking success at this year’s CSEC examinations in Agricultural Science, the Mackenzie High School in Linden is set to benefit from support from the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI). The institution, having recognised the school’s strides in Agricultural Science, has committed to the school’s aquaponics and hydroponics agricultural cultivation programmes.

CARDI’s Guyana representative, Dr. Cyril Roberts said, “We will work with the school in developing the programme and we hope when we meet with the teachers, we will be able to fine-tune our efforts of collaboration for the students in preparing their SBA’s for CSEC that they can actually benefit from the collaboration between the two institutions.”

Head Teacher of MHS, Haslyn Small said that the school welcomes the programme as it will be of great benefit to the upcoming students as they complete SBA’s since they will no longer have to venture off to other locations to complete same. He also said that the programme will allow all the Agriculture students to see first-hand that there are soilless alternatives to cultivation and how beneficial such techniques can be.

Relative to the record-breaking performance, Small said that he is extremely humbled and though he would have served as the Agricultural Science teacher for CSEC, he attributes the success to all the teachers who would have worked with the students since Agricultural Science has other subject areas such as Integrated Science, Accounts, Chemistry and Mathematics. His hope is that this would serve as an influence to the upcoming batch to raise the bar even higher.

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