Berbice High has lost one of its finest former principals in Mr. Ramdat John Nandkisore. I called him “Nand” from soon after we first met in February 1993. Nand was Principal of BHS from March 1984 to May 1999, a little over fifteen years, making him the longest serving principal of Berbice High School. Nand had been a teacher at BHS from 1974 to 1984, before his elevation to Principal, giving him a twenty five year stint altogether.
I was told that he died two days ago in Georgetown.
I last saw him at the BHS centenary anniversary celebration program in September 2016 but did not get an opportunity to chat with him because he left before the very long program was finished. We chatted by phone several times in early 2016 when he helped me fill some of the blanks on my book on BHS.
Nand was a major force in transforming the sad looking campus of 1993 into the new and or rehabilitated buildings we had by the time he retired in May 1999.
After his retirement, we met a couple of times in Berbice. He had been recruited to help the Tain campus of the University of Guyana get off the ground.
Below are two pictures of Nand from my BHS centenary book.
In gratitude for the hundreds of hours he spent with me between 1993 and 1999, on campus and by phone, and in honor of the accomplishments he performed for his thousands of students over twenty five years, and in memory of the service he gave to us and Berbice High School, I will endow a Centenary Scholarship in his name, the Ramdat Nandkisore Memorial Centenary Prize for annual award in Computer studies, in perpetuity, starting this year, because he and I spent the most of our time together on establishing the computer laboratory.
I know that Nand was a History teacher and I would encourage others to establish other scholarships in his memory as they see appropriate.
My sympathy to the members of his family and may Nand rest in peace. We have lost one of our best.
Dr. Tulsi Singh
PS: Thanks to Kim Choy for the second picture.