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President Irfaan Ali on Sunday announced that his Government is working to provide free education at the University of Guyana (UG) by the end of 2024.
The Head of State was at the time delivering a virtual address at the Guyana’s 50th Republic Awards Ceremony and Cultural Presentation organised by the Guyana Consulate in Canada.
President Ali told his audience that his Government 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,” he said.
Additionally, President Ali said that the next decade in Guyana would be transformational in all aspects of development and that all Guyanese will benefit. He told the audience about the improvements earmarked in sectors including health care, infrastructure and agriculture.
“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 recognise that we need to ensure that the present generation benefits from development,” the President’s office quoted him as saying in a statement.