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19th Century historical records of Georgetown poorly stored in a room at dilapidated Constabulary Training School

Historical records of Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, dating back to the 1800s, are being poorly stored and vulnerable to termites and water damage. A visit to the abandoned and dilapidated Municipal Constabulary Training School, Water Street by Chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the operations of the City administration, Retired  Justice Cecil Kennard and Legal Officer, Sherwin Benjamin revealed that ...

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Teachers to get 8 and 12 percent salary hike for 2016, 8 percent across-the-board for 2018; allowances unchanged

Government-employed teachers would get between 8 and 12 percent salary increases and an 8 percent across-the-board increase for 2018, but there would be no increase in allowances. Those are based on agreement signed on Wednesday between the Guyana Teachers’ Union and the Ministry of Education. The agreement states that teachers earning below GY$100,000 would get 12 percent increase on their ...

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Granger boasts improved performance in Math, English, Science

President David Granger on Wednesday boasted improvements in education performance since 2016, and steps were being taken to were the result of additional teacher training. Addressing the Parliament, he said “targeted interventions, especially in numeracy and literacy, have resulted in improved performance in the National Grade Six Assessment.” Granger said the percentage passes in English moved from 42 per cent ...

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“I had to practically bully Granger to meet with the teachers”- Jagdeo; GTU General Secretary says “quite disappointed” with pay deal

Even as an internal controversy among teachers brews over the pending salary increases, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo on Saturday claimed credit for pushing President David Granger to meet with the Guyana Teachers’ Union  (GTU) to stave off another strike. “I had to practically bully Granger to meet with the teachers; finally he did. I had to practically bully him,” Jagdeo ...

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Ban sugar-sweetened drinks from school areas; integrate school-feeding strategy to fight deadly diseases

Caribbean governments are being urged to ban sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) from school environments and integrate the health, education and agriculture ministries, in an effort to reduce stem the scourge of  non-communicable diseases such as diabetes. President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Sir Trevor Hassell issued the call at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 2018 being held in Barbados. He ...

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Govt offers teachers pay increases for 2016, 2018 but no word on 2017; amount increased for de-bunching

The Guyana government is offering teachers a 10 percent salary increase for 2016, eight percent for 2018, and GY$350 million to adjust some salary scales, a Guyana Teachers’ Union official confirmed Monday night. Asked about the fact that no mention was made of a salary hike for 2017, a senior union official said on condition of anonymity the GTU would ...

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President Granger tables new salary offer to GTU amid planned teachers’ strike

President David Granger and top officials of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) on Monday held talks aimed at staving off another strike by teachers. GTU General Secretary, Coretta Mc Donald told the media briefly that the President addressed the meeting and new proposals for a salary increase and adjusting salary scales were made. No details were provided, but she said ...

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Caribbean should train nurses for overseas markets; nursing college to be constructed

As 74 Guyanese nurses prepare to leave to take up job offers in the United Kingdom, Guyana’s Public Health Minister, Volda Lawrence announced in the United States (US) that government would be setting aside 30 acres of land to construct a nursing college to train local and Caribbean health care personnel. Addressing overseas-based Guyanese in Washington DC where she was ...

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Teachers strike looms again: “They are ready to hit the streets” over imposed arbitration chairman, despite Education Ministry’s threatened legal action

In the face of the Ministry of Education’s threat to take legal action if teachers go on strike again over the Minister of Labour’s unilateral appointment of a chairman of the arbitration panel, the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) on Wednesday issued a seven-day strike ultimatum if the issue is not resolved. “The union has indicated that we are giving a ...

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