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Teachers’ salary increase demands “unrealistic”; 10% percent per year plus non-salary benefits more realistic

Even as government-employed teachers were Monday due to embark on an indefinite strike for increased salaries, Economics Professor Tarron Khemraj believes the 40 percent demand is too exorbitant and the educators should settle for 10 percent pay hike due to the state of the economy. “The salary demands of the teachers’ union are obviously unrealistic at this time, but non-salary ...

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Technical-vocational education- a tool to tackle youth unemployment ; stop denying there are problems- Pres. Granger

President David Granger on Sunday said his administration was seeking to tackle youth unemployment by pushing mainly technical-vocational education, even as he called on non-governmental organisations to gather solid information on socioeconomic problems with the aim of finding concrete solutions. “It is for this reason that a lot of emphasis is being placed on education, particularly technical and vocational education, ...

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“We don’t want a clash” with teachers; govt offering what it can afford- Granger

President David Granger on Monday virtually ruled out government making a higher pay offer and he appealed to teachers not to disrupt classes. “The Minister of Education is working towards an agreement. We don’t want a confrontation, we don’t want a clash. We value the service of teachers,” he said hours after the Guyana Teachers Union reconfirmed that an indefinite ...

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No cash strike relief but teachers still vow to abandon classrooms; GTU to seek legal advice on blocking salary deductions

As thousands of teachers prepare to go on strike for increased salaries and allowances, the Guyana Teachers Union’s (GTU) executive on Monday said the trade union could not afford to provide cash relief but would assist with foodstuff and other items. The issue of strike relief was raised at a meeting between the executive and hundreds of teachers at the ...

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Ministry of Education releases CAPE, CSEC reports

The results of the 2018 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) were released Friday and it was revealed that Guyana has recorded improved performances in Mathematics and English, the Ministry of Education said in a statement The details of the performance of the nation’s children were announced today by Minister of Education, Nicolette ...

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Ministry of Education preparing to activate emergency plan if teachers strike for increased salaries, allowances

The Ministry of Education is contemplating hiring temporary teachers or worst case scenario ordering the closure of government-run schools if teachers strike to press government for a 40 percent salary hike as part of a multi-year agreement. “Those are the technical issues related to education and I have asked my Chief Education Officer to ensure that we have all of ...

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Minister of Education summons Teachers’ Union to meeting as strike looms

Minister of Education, Ms. Nicolette Henry has summoned the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) to another meeting in an effort to avert strike action by thousands of public school teachers over government’s failure to give into their demands for increased salaries. “I’m looking at a meeting this week because it’s both urgent and important and therefore we need to ensure that ...

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Guyanese selected for US Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program

The U.S. Embassy on Friday proudly announced the 2018 cohort from Guyana for the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Professional Fellows Program.  The program takes place in September and October and will bring 250 young leaders from 36 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States. This year the embassy said “we are pleased to ...

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Teachers’ union never agreed to specialist to calculate pay hike; Education Minister to be officially notified of strike call

President of the Guyana Teachers’ Union, Mark Lyte said the long-running pay dispute with government might be headed for arbitration, even as he Friday prepared to officially inform the Ministry of Education  that teachers would embark on strike action later this month. Denying that the GTU had agreed that the Ministry of Education should hire a specialist to calculate how ...

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Teachers to go on strike as pay talks collapse again; union agrees to hiring of specialist to calculate salary increases

The Guyana Teachers’ Union on Thursday decided to take strike action after the latest round of pay talks broke down again, in just under two years, union President Mark Lyte said. “The way forward is that we are now mandated by our members to take industrial action commencing from the pre-term and will  very well lead into the first week ...

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February 2023