Control - The entire education system in Guyana
is controlled by that dominant class that promotes Westernized
and Christian orientation. Having appropriated the power
to define and delimit what is legitimate and not, this social
bloc has monopolized the curriculum constructing it in a
way that deliberately emphasizes western and Christian mores
while at the same time deliberately excluding and de-emphasizing
anything Hindu and Islamic in particular and Indian in general.
By just going through the textbooks produced in Guyana one
can hardly imagine that this is a country with a population
that is half Hindu and Muslim
of Missionary Schools - Over the years there have
been successful attempts through the instrument of the state
to de-emphasize Hindu and Muslim contributions to the development
of education in Guyana while at the same time reinforcing
and glorifying the Christian contribution. In 1976 all denominational
schools (and other institutions) were required by the government
of the day to change their names in order to de-link them
from their religious and ethnic background.
While the government made sure that schools with Indian,
Hindu and Muslim names complied with the requirement, Christian
schools were never really affected. Thus Indian Educational
Trust College became Richard Ishmael Secondary, Muslim Trust
College became Brickdams Secondary school, Hindu college
became Cove and John Secondary and Maha Sabha Secondary
became Leonora Secondary. On the other hand, officially
and otherwise, St. Stanislaus, St. Joseph's, St. Rose's,
St, Agnes, St. John's, Sacred Heart, Stella Maris, Christ
Church and others have retained their former names and their
- Under the guise of moral education in schools
when a Hindu or Muslim child is forced to listen to a Christian
functionary who by force of habit and dogmatic indoctrination
must invariably, subtly and otherwise, denigrate the Hindu
and Muslim traditions, this is in violation of the fundamental
right and the civil liberty of the child.
Priests, nuns and teachers
in Christian schools often defame and blasphemize Hinduism
and other religions in their regular lessons. Hindu students
who graduate from such institutions usually do not convert
to Christianity, but through the influence of their Christian
mentors, they end up mocking temples/mosques, scriptures
and their own religious leaders for the rest of their lives.
4. On Campus Prayers
– Most Christian institutions have mandatory
daily prayers. In many schools, non-Christian students are
unjustly forced to attend Christian masses and recite Christian
In other schools, non-Christians
have their respective prayer sessions at the same time.
However, the Christian prayers are held in air-conditioned
chapels, while non-Christians wishing to pray must hold
their services outside in the hot Indian sun. Naturally,
many non-Christian students will decide to seek shelter
in the chapel and are essentially forced to attend Christian
5. Christian Only
Teachers - Some Christian schools only employ Christian
teachers and lecturers for all subjects. These Christian
teachers often defame other religions and preach about Jesus
Christ in the middle of physics, chemistry, etc. lectures
to students who have come to learn their academic material
and not about Chrstianity.
6. Beatings –
In Assam, India, at the English medium Ashapalli High School
it is mandatory for all students to attend church every
day before classes begin. Even after following the bigoted
ways of this missionary school, the Hindu and Buddhist children
are ill-treated and physically abused by the Christian staff
of the school.
Kalindi Rani Chakma was
a class VIII Buddhist student of the school; therefore she
was abused mentally and physically on a daily basis by her
Christian teachers. One such revolting incident has put
her future academic career in jeopardy.
One evening Kalindi Rani
was called to the Principal, H. Lamare's residence due to
alleged non-compliance of her daily routines. Once there
Kalindi Rani was incessantly caned by Lamare. She begged
for him to stop, but he continued to beat her because of
his blind hatred for all Hindus and Buddhists. While he
beat her he asked her, "Why don't you believe in Christ?
What is the use of worshipping Buddha and Kali?
As a result Kalidi Rani
went into shock and suffered several painful bruises throughout
her whole body. She did not attend school until the day
after the incident. When she went back to school, once again,
Lamare abused her-both verbally and physically. She is now
terrified of attending school.
Lamare did not punish
Kalindi Rani because she did not complete her daily tasks.
He beat her like a mad man because she was a heathen pagan
who did not worship Christ. He has been given the divine
sanction to do so by the Church establishment in India.
Like other Christian Fundamentalists, he too was brainwashed
to believe that followers of Christ are superior to the
7. Scaldings -
In another display of Christian Missionary barbarism, a
nun belonging to the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta,
scalded four little Hindu girls with a hot knife.
Sister Francesca is the
nun in charge of Missionaries of Charity's Mahatma Gandhi
Welfare Center. A young Hindu girl named Kavery was playing
inside the center with three other girls when the nun approached
them and accused them of stealing money. The nun then heated
a knife on an electric heater and pressed in on the hands
of the four children.
When Kavery's father,
Kabiram, heard about the incident he went to the Bowbazar
police station to file a complaint, but the police refused
to register a case until the local residents forced them
to do so. The head of Missionaries of Charity, Sister Nirmala,
said that as a disciplinary action she has asked the guilty
nun to discontinue her duties and take rest for the time
being! Is this a punishment or a reward for following the
torture of non-Christians?