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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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‘Insulted’ teachers march on President, PM residences against parking meters, other woes

Led by the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU), a sizeable number of teachers Tuesday evening marched on the Main Street residences of President David Granger, and Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who now functions as President since Mr Granger is out the country. Tackling the impact of parking meters which take effect from Tuesday (January 24, 2017), GTU President Mark Lyte called it ...

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Caricom Single Market and Economy training for Guyana’s secondary school teachers

Secondary school teachers in Guyana are set to be more knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) headquarters said Monday. This is due to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s hosting of a two-day CSME training workshop from Tuesday, January 17 at the Church View International Hotel in Berbice. Approximately 30  teachers will be ...

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Ministry of Presidency’s scholarship award to CH&PA official raises serious questions

The Ministry of the Presidency has granted a scholarship for a senior official of the Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) to study in Korea at a time when there is a probe into alleged payroll fraud, according to official documents. Board members and the management team have been warned that the CH&PA and Guyana could face “unnecessary embarrassment” and ...

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Hinterland Employment Youth Service participants to be paid by year-end

Participants of the Hinterland Employment Youth Service (HEYS) programme were assured that they will receive outstanding payments owed by the end of December. Minister within the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs, Valerie Garrido-Lowe met with residents of Moruca, Region One  on Saturday, and offered apologies to HEYS participants that have not been paid since the end of September. “Before the ...

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E-Gov’s Centre of Excellence in Information Technology to be completed in January

The eGovernment Agency’s Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (CEIT) is expected to be officially opened in February, the Government Information Agency (GINA) reported. Representatives from the Agency, the High Commission of India, the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Public Telecommunications and board members of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) on Thursday visited the construction site where the CEIT ...

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Ministers cautiously defend their govt-paid tuition fees ; opposition calls coalition “absolutely indecent”

Evidently fazed that it’s now in the open that government is paying their university tuition fees to the tune of millions of dollars from the National Treasury, two government ministers reacted cautiously while the opposition People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) began slamming the government. Junior Minister, Annette Ferguson said she became eligible for a GYD$3.3 million per year scholarship to ...

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