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UG Council to discuss salaries next week; unions demand negotiations

The University of Guyana’s (UG) Council is next week (March 30, 2017) expected to discuss demands by the institution’s workers for increased salaries, at a time when their unions have begun industrial action to demand pay talks. “The matter of salaries will be part of the 2017 revised budget, which will be one of three critical items the Vice-Chancellor will ...

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Board of Industrial training graduates 69 in Linden

Sixty Nine youths from  Region 10 graduated from the National Training Programme for Youth Empowerment (NTPYE) executed by the Board of Industrial Training (BIT), the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported Saturday. The graduation which was held on Friday at the Linden Technical Institute saw the attendance of Minister within the Ministry of Social Protection Keith Scott, Assistant Director of Youth Leslyn Boyce, Region ...

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St Joseph High joins women’s day observance with message of ‘Hope’

Under the theme “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030” and a call to action for all to #BeBoldForChange, Guyana joined the rest of the world in observing International Women’s Day yesterday, March 8. Across social media, messages of hope, inspiration, encouragement, reflection and even some questionable posts inundated newsfeeds and timelines in anticipation of the ...

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VAT to remain on private school fees ; parents, schools must find creative ways around tax- Finance Minister

by Gary Eleazar The Guyana Government has decided it will not be removing the application of the 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on private school fees, saying the anticipated revenue is critical to meet the funding for the $38B shortfall it has for its 2017 expenditure programme (2017 $250B Budget). This was disclosed by Finance Minister, Winston Jordan, ...

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Anti-VAT protesters target GRA headquarters; Principal predicts more school dropouts

Businessman Roshan Khan, on Tuesday (February 28) spearheaded a picketing exercise, in protest of the new Value Added Tax (VAT) regime imposed recently, by the coalition A Partnership for National Unity, Alliance for Change (APNU-AFC) Government, outside of the Guyana Revenue Authority’s (GRA) Camp Street Headquarters and called on the administration to immediately revert to the status quo that had ...

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Audit report reveals major discrepancies in One Laptop Per Family project

The final report from the Financial Audit into the One Laptop Per Family (OLPF) project, launched by the previous Government in 2011, has found that the financial systems and internal controls governing the project were generally weak, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported. The report, among others was handed over by Minister within the Ministry of Finance, Jaipaul Sharma to ...

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Private schools lobbying govt about VAT on private education

A number of private schools are “Private charter schools,” and so they do not pay taxes, Minister of State, Joseph Harmon explained during a Post- Cabinet press briefing today. Questioned about the impact of levying of 14 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on education, and about claims of drop outs, Minister Harmon said that,“I do not have the figures, I ...

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President to re-establish Guyana Youth Corps to empower youths

President David Granger on Sunday announced that he will re-establish the Guyana Youth Corps on January 1, 2018, to empower the nation’s youth and provide them with the skills needed to prepare them for the work force and equip them to aid in the development of Guyana. The Head of State made this announcement at the Graduation Ceremony for 57 young ...

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No more parking meters outside schools

Industrial unrest by teachers in Georgetown was Friday averted after Smart City Solutions (SCS) and the Mayor and City Council decided to discontinue paid parking outside schools. “Vehicle parking spaces immediately in front of the public schools will not be regulated for the purpose of metered parking by Smart City Solutions,” according to a joint statement by SCS, City Hall ...

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TSC summons Guyana Teachers Union to meeting on promotions

The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) claims its candle-light vigil outside the official residences of the Prime Minister and President is already bearing fruit as the Teaching Service Commission (TSC) has called a meeting for Thursday and the union will be  pushing for two sets of promotions this year. The meeting comes two months after the High Court ruled that the procedure ...

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