Group Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Title: U W I lecturer tells U G audience : Education must take in needs of society
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Title: U W I lecturer tells U G audience : Education must take in needs of society
Series Title: CARIFESTA Newspaper Clippings
Physical Description: Book
Publisher: Guyana Graphic
Publication Date: 9/9/1972
 Subjects
Subject: Carifesta (1st : 1972 : Guyana), Festivals - Caribbean Area
Caribbean   ( lcsh )
Spatial Coverage: South America -- Guyana -- Georgetown
Caribbean
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Funding: Support for the development of the technical infrastructure and partner training provided by the United States Department of Education TICFIA program.
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Bibliographic ID: CA00199951
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Holding Location: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
Resource Identifier: CARIFESTA I 1972

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iUWI lecturer tells U G audience




Education must take


in needs of


By .RICKEY SINGH
DR. Kenneth Ra m-
cliand, regarded as one of
the foremost literary
critics in the Caribbean,
declared here yesterday
that attempts in the reg-
ion to improve the quality
of education "must be ac-
companied by a larger at-
tempt to set right the im-
balances of the society."
Dr. Ramthand, who is
Senior Lecturer in English,
University of West Indies in
Jamaica.. told a University
of Guyana audience in deal-
ingwith'the subject: "Litera-
fure and Education", that
'we cannot think of educa-
tion without thinking of the
specire needs and illnesses
of a society."
Occupied with an aware-
ness of the need for a more
comprehensive effort to im-
prove the quality of educa-
tion in the region, Dr. Ram-
chand posed the question to
"is audience: What is educa-
tion and what is education
for?
TIME FACTOR
Conceding that these were
not new questions, he re-
retted that "West indian
educationistss have : neither
asked them often nor- an--
jwered them deeply." And,
restricted by the time factor
of his address, the literary.
critic and lecturer offered
to his audience the brief
statement that "education
is, a process, a life-long pro-:


cess tending toWards the ful-
filment of'the individual."
The dist~ncon.i. ,st be
made',- he declared, bween
the. educational system and
the educational process since
the former was limited to
schools and universities and
the latter had to relate to
all of life. And no educa-
tional system, he added,
how ever specifically
oriented, can afford to
ignore the aemnands made
upon it by education as a
process.
It is with this point of
view that. Dr. Ramchand
explained his own attitude
towards literature in terms
of the "lonely art,, of read-
ing," and literature as a
"communal art" illuminating
a whole society.
Dealing with literature as
a "communal art" in the
educational process, he said
that it was important to
note the further distinction
which must be made between
"imaginative literature" and
literature that represented
"social commentary."
And sine ,it was not an
easy matter to extract "the
significance from literature,"
then it was vital to ensure
that those engaged, n ex-
tracting literature for educa-
tion purposes were properly
equipped to do so.
In, his "The West Indian
Novel and its Background",
a version of his doctoral
.thesis, published In, 1970,
the young West Indian
educator quoted V. S. Nai-
paul to illustrate that: "Liv.
ing in a borrowed culture,
the West Indian, more than
most, needs writers to tell
him who he is and where he
stands."
HONEST PROJECTION


But in his stimulating 90-
minute analysis yesterday on
the role of literature in the
advancement of the goals of
a society, Dr. Ramchand
thought it necessary to em-
phasise that if literature was
to assist in "the task of re-
generation" of, th e' West
Indian society, then the
novelists, poets, .playwrights
and literary critics will have
to ensure that they are mak-
ing an honest projection of
their society and strive for
discovery rather than mere
documentation of what is
known, shun superficiality,
and avoid becoming literary
dictators.
In his address. Dr. Ram-
chand, also made a spirited
defence of the works of Nai-
paul who seen b1y Dr.
Rohlehr in his address on
Thursday as a political nihil-
ist with a static concept of


societyy

the West Indies he de-
scribed as "one of the great-
est writers of our time and
*region"' and whose "Mimric
Men" he saw as perhaps "the
most devastating critique of
the bogusness of West Indian
politics."
Dr. Ramohand, at question
time, agreed about the need
for more and better litera-
ture in the Caribbean. But
he said that he was nervous
about "producing literature
to order" with selected per-
sons writing specifically for
children.
To have the best result, he
feels that literature written
for adults can be adapted for
use of children. Whatever
we do, however, we will only
be guilty of a disservice
should we resort, mechani-
cally, to writing specifically
for children.




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