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Free school transportation better than GY$10,000 cash grant- govt MPs

Government parliamentarians on Tuesday defended the decision to scrap the GY$10,000 yearly cash grant to parents that had been provided by the then People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)-led administration, and instead said the provision of free school transportation was more valuable. President David Granger, since coming to power in May 2015, has been pushing greater access to educational opportunities by ...

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Rice manufacturer, University of Guyana partner to improve soil, water testing

One of Guyana’s leading rice manufacturers- exporters has agreed to help the University of Guyana (UG) establish a GY$40 million soil and water testing research centre at the Berbice Campus. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Chief Executive Officer of Nand Persaud Group of Companies, Rajendra Persaud and Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Griffith ...

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FAO to fund UG’s establishment of food and nutrition institute; studies on agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has announced that it will be supporting the establishment of a Food and Nutrition Institute at the University of Guyana (UG) and help that tertiary institution conduct several studies on climate change related to the agriculture sector. The announcements were made by the FAO Representative in Guyana, Reuben Robertson at the 10th Turkeyen and ...

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VAT on education scrapped; tributors tax on miners slashed by 50 percent

The 14 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on all education services has been scrapped, Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced. He said, in the 2018 Budget Speech, that the decision was taken “in view of the representations” made to have the tax removed. Jordan said government would lose GY$342 million now that the tax has been abolished. At the same time, ...

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Teachers in outlying areas to get increased incentive

Teachers working in far-flung areas of Guyana will get an 80 percent increase in remote area incentives aimed at cushioning the impact of high cost of living in those regions, Finance Minister Winston Jordan said. He noted that even if education infrastructure is increased and improved, the bottom-line is ensuring the availability of good teachers is vital. In an effort ...

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Alleged sexual misconduct by Bishop’s High School teacher handed over to police; Headmistress breached law

Alleged sexual misconduct by a Bishop’s High School teacher is now in the hands of the Guyana Police Force after a former female student detailed her “emotional” encounter to investigators. “In the case of the Bishops’ High School teacher, Mr. Coen Jackson, the Ministry of Education Welfare Department in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Protection concluded its investigation and ...

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Guyana, China sign US$250,000 upgrade for CPCE

Guyana and China on Wednesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will result in the upgrade and expansion of the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE) Science Laboratory and Information Technology Department. The MOU provides a five million dollars grant to the Ministry of Education “to procure equipment and amenities to strengthen the science labs at CPCE,” Minister Henry ...

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Authorities probe Bishops’ High School teacher’s alleged sexual misconduct; he admits to relationships with former students

Alleged sexual misconduct by a Bishop’s High School (BHS) by a male teacher is being investigated by the Ministries of Social Protection and Education, even as the alleged perpetrator vehemently denied having sexual relations with the females while they were students or below the age of consent. Business teacher at Bishops’ High School, Coene Blaine Jackson, however, admitted that intimate ...

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eGovernment hubs commissioned in Region 10

Region 10 developments have now been boosted with the official launching of three Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hubs to benefit students and residents in Linden, government’s Department of Public Information said. On Tuesday, the National Data Management Authority (NDMA) through the Ministry of Telecommunications officially launched its first ICT hub in Victory Valley. This was followed by the launch ...

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