The staggering cost of higher education in Guyana will soon be a thing of the past as the Government is planning to provide free education to students attending the University of Guyana, by the end of 2024.
On Sunday, President Dr Irfaan Ali at a virtual address at Guyana’s 50th Republic Awards Ceremony and Cultural Presentation, announced that his administration is working on creating a 21st-century education system in the country.
“We are providing 20,000 scholarships. We hope to provide free education at the University of Guyana by the end of 2024. In our Emergency Budget for 2020, we made provisions for doubling the uniform allowance and increasing, by 50%, the cash grant per student from $10,000 to $15,000. We are committed to increasing this by almost 300% in the coming years,” said Ali.
Addtionally, he informed residents of the Kato in Region Eight (Potaro–Siparuni), that they will soon receive an Information Communication Technology (ICT) hub in their community, which will provide internet access. Also, the re-introduction of the One Laptop Per Family Initiative for 2021 and again underscored that his Government’s hope of providing all Guyanese students with the necessary tools to prepare themselves for a competitive future.
“This is just a snapshot of the plans which are unfolding in our country. We are accelerating the pace at which we do things because we recognize that we need to ensure that the present generation benefits from development.”
Currently, nursery to secondary education levels at all state-run schools are provided free.