Introduction

The development of the Essequibo Technical Institute is a direct result and demand of society for skilled manpower, persons of high standing, and people who are able to contribute to innovations, assume responsibilities and be members of the supervisory force in business and industry.

Essequibo Technical Institute was established from a project by the Guyana Government through the Ministry of Education in June 2000. The Finance was released by the Guyana Government in August 2000 for rehabilitation and extension works of the Institution.

The compound has an area of 1.8 hectares (4.4 acres) the total floor area of the two buildings, including the six workshops and two laboratories is 1.877sq meters (20,205 sq ft). The upper flat consists of the auditorium, four classrooms, A Staffroom and the proposed area for the modern information technology laboratory. The ground floor of the main building consists of six workshops, two laboratories, A Staffroom, IT laboratory, four classrooms and the Stores. 
The administrative building consists of the Principal’s office, Deputy Principal’s office, Registry office, Library and a Canteen area. This remains the only Technical Institute that has been, financed and constructed locally.

Background of E.T.I.
The area now occupy by the Essequibo Technical Institute was previously rice lands which was converted into a cattle pasture. The Tapacuma Irrigation Project (T.I.P.S.) built its workshop on this land from a grant provided by the British Government to enhance the Agriculture Sector on the Essequibo Coast. The building was constructed by GUYCONSTRUCT during the period 1978 to 1979. T.I.P.S. closed its facility in 1998 and sold all its equipment at public auction.

Between the years 1999 and 2000 the idea of establishing a Technical Institute was the cry by some prominent and concerned citizens of the Essequibo Coast. It was very costly and burdensome to maintain children in Georgetown and abroad.

This idea was followed up by the former Minister of 
Education, Rev. Dr. Dale Bisnauth. The former T.I.P.S. 
building was cleared of old equipment and obsolete 
machinery. It was then refurbished and new facilities constructed to house the present Essequibo

Technical Institute.

The Institution has a bright future for the expansion and delivery of Technical and Education in this region and Guyana as a whole.

The population of the institute at the time of its opening was two hundred and twenty six (226) students. This drastically reduced by about fifty percent (50%) by 2004 after the Principal, Mr. Ronald Simon returned to the New Amsterdam Technical Institute. The staff also declined both in numbers and quality, due to Migration, Appointment issues and Administrative inefficiency.

The management of the Institute was taken over by Mr. Mahadeo Chowtie following controversial circumstances which saw residents staging a “picket” for the removal of Mr. Ronald Simon in spite of the obvious progress he had made.

A number of short courses were develop and offered to the Public. This resulted in an average of three hundred and twenty (322) trainees completing three (3), six (6) and twelve (12) months courses during tenure of Mr. Chowtie (2003 – 2008). The institute also had an average population of eighty two (82) registered first year students and forty six (46) second year students during this time.

Mr. Rajnarine Rambali (Deputy ag) of Rosignol, West Coast Berbice migrated in 2004. As a result of ailing health, Mr. Chowtie was forced to be away from the job while the Board of Governors of the Essequibo Technical Institute overlooked the smooth running of the institute. During this time Mr. Vishnu Singh functioned in a senior capacity.

Mr. Denis Jaikaran – former Regional Education Officer (REDO) Region #2 was appointed Principal in March 2008. He continued to promote the offering of short Courses. This resulted in the training of an average of three hundred and fifty (350) Trainees. While regular students averaged one hundred and thirteen (113) for first year classes and thirty eight (38) for second year classes. Mr Jaikaran’s Tenure ended in August 2010 following his transfer to the Linden Technical Institute. Mr Muneshwar Jagernauth who continued to function in the capacity of Deputy Principal (ag) eventually received his instrument to act in that capacity on March 9, 2007.

Some of the notable achievement of Mr. Jaikaran includes the establishment of the Stakeholders’ Association, the Introduction of “ETI and You” monthly television program and the hosting of the Career Fair as part of the Institute’s Anniversary celebration. The function of the BOG – ETI was also stymied during his tenure.

Mr. Michael Turner took up the management of the Institute in August 2010 in the capacity of Acting Principal, on transfer from Linden Technical Institute and was confirmed in that Capacity in by the end of the year. This saw an immediate increase in the registration of regular students by over two hundred (200) percent. The functioning of Board of Governors was also renewed, while at the same time the Stakeholders Association was revived following election of an expanded list of Office Bearers.

The curriculum of the institute was also addressed. This saw the reintroduction of the Carpentry & Joinery and Commerce programmes in the academic year 2010 – 2011and Radio and Electronics servicing in 2012. The Institute also commenced the offering of Competency Based Education and Training (CBE) courses in 2012 in the Data Operations discipline. This was followed up with Furniture Making, Welding, Metal Work Engineering, Motor Vehicle Engine Systems, and Electrical Installation in 2013.

Vision Statement 
We will be the premier institute that will provide high quality products and services to all major stakeholders in an effort to foster growth and development in commerce and industry.

Mission Statement
To develop in students, knowledge and skills for the promotion of standards, including the right attitudes and maintain inter-personal relationships; and to apply the principles of Science and Technology to create innovations to satisfy perceived needs.

Aims and Objectives

  • To provide school leavers with the necessary training so that they can contribute to the work force of agencies and / or be self employed.
  • To provide graduates with the opportunity to be retrained so that they can serve in supervisory capacities.
  • To provide education and training in technical, scientific and commercial fields to all stakeholders.


Entry Requirements
The courses offered target persons who have successfully completed Secondary School, with high levels of proficiency at the GCE or CXC examinations. Applicants must be over fifteen (15) years of age to attend full time courses and over eighteen (18) years of age to attend evening courses. In addition to the aforementioned criteria applicants must be successful at a selection test and interview conducted by the institution for GTEE courses.

Registration Fees
There is an annual registration fee for contingency purpose and Students’ Council membership. This is payable at the time of enrollment.

Course Duration
Full time courses offered are of two years duration which lead to the Guyana Technical Education Examination (GTEE). Evening courses vary from , one year to two years . Vacation classes are also offered during July-August each year.

Evaluation
Students are expected to acquire a minimum of 80% attendance and 50% overall at each examination to be considered for a pass. Course work will include : lab practical, class work, homework and projects.

Work Attachment
During the August vacation students are attached to industrial and commercial institutions to gain practical experiences relevant to their course of study.

Student Activities
Students are involved every Friday afternoon in games and competitive sports such as athletics, cricket, football, volleyball, indoor games etc. They also participate in regional, national, cultural and religious events.

Student Services

The Library provides services for staff, students and members of the public during the periods 08:00 -13:00 hrs and 14:00-19:30hrs, Mondays to Fridays. General services are offered in other areas to the public. This includes the canteen and Bus Shuttle Service

The Canteen provides affordable snacks and lunches for students and lecturers. While the Bus provides cost effective means of transportation in and out of ETI.

Future Plans

  • Improve students’ performance
  • Enhance great stakeholders’ participation
  • Increase enrollment of student.
  • Expand and upgrade workshops and laboratories.
  • Upgrade the Play field and Construct two pavilions
  • Construction of a cafeteria and expansion and modification of the Library into an Educational resource centre