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University of Guyana removes “number of sittings” as entry requirement

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 January 2016, 17:24 by Denis Chabrol

University of Guyana graduates in 2015.

University of Guyana graduates in 2015.

The University of Guyana Wednesday announced the removal of the number of sittings of subjects as an entry requirement at the country’s publicly funded tertiary institution.

UG said in a statement that its Academic Board, at a Special Meeting held late last year, unanimously approved that the number of sittings as a requirement for admission to the university be removed from the institution’s general entry requirement.

The previous general entry requirement was five CSEC subjects at one sitting or a minimum of six subjects at no more than two sittings.

The amended University of Guyana General Entry Requirement is now: A minimum of five CXC/CSEC General Proficiency (Grades I & II; and III from 1998) /five passes at GCE ‘O’ Level, including English Language, the subject(s) required for the pursuit of the major, where applicable, and Mathematics for designated programmes.

This decision takes effect from Semester II, 2015-2016.

According to Registrar of the University of Guyana, Dr Nigel Gravesande, “Access to tertiary education must always be seen as a fundamental right and not a privilege. It is in this context that the recent changes in the University’s matriculation entry requirements must be lauded as it presents opportunities for greater access to programmes being delivered by the University.”

Meanwhile, online application is now available for the second semester which commences on January 25, 2016. Prospective students are invited to visit the university website at to view the available programmes.