UG Council hikes tuition fees by 35%

first_img…15% + 10% + 10% over three yearsThe University of Guyana (UG) Council has approved a 15 per cent increase in tuition fees,  the first step in its move to see an overall 35 per cent tuition increase over a three-year period.UG announced on Thursday that following intense discussion, the March 30 extraordinary meeting of the Council, chaired by Chancellor Eon Nigel Harris, voted to increase tuition fees.The decision, it said, came following an examination of the University’s projected budget deficit, the pressing needs of the institution, and projected alternative income streams. Comparative data on private high schools and Universities in Guyana and the Caribbean Region were also examined and the tuition and fees at all the institutions examined were found to be several times higher than those of UG.The University stated that even with the “unavoidable adjustments”, fees at the institution will still be comparatively lower.According to UG, the Council’s decision will be applied to tuition fees for all programmes and for both continuing students and new students for the 2017-2018 academic year. However, it said input from the Student Society was considered, leading to an incremental rollout, where continuing students will now pay an increase of 15 per cent (about $2500 a month), and new students will be required to pay 18 per cent (about $3000 a month).At the same meeting also, the Council reportedly decided to incrementally increase the tuition fee by 10 per cent for  the 2018-2019 academic year for all students, and by a further 10 per cent  for all students for 2019-2020.Meanwhile, while this decision for increased tuition has been made, the University is still battling with its senior staff with regard to negotiations for salary increase.At the same meeting, the Council also authorised the UG Administration to commence negotiations with the two unions at the tertiary institution for remuneration packages based on what the University of Guyana could afford. The Council said it also received clarification from the Finance Ministry that the claim by the unions that the Government of Guyana had provided a fixed sum of money for salaries, which would amount to a 15 per cent salary increase, was inaccurate.In this context, the UG Administration will continue to analyse the University’s budget to determine the fullest possible extent of affordability. It also was stressed that staff performance will be a key factor in determining salaries and benefits, whether monetary or non-monetary.last_img read more

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CHAMBER PLEADS WITH MOTORISTS TO HAVE PATIENCE DURING CHRISTMAS RUSH

first_imgLetterkenny Chamber has appealed to motorists to be patient as traffic begins to build in the the build-up to the festive season.The chamber is hoping there will be no scenes like this in Letterkenny!There are more than 3,000 parking spaces in the town and people are being asked to take their time.Toni Forrester, CEO of Letterkenny Chamber, says everyone can play their part. “Car parks and main routes will of course be busy so in the spirit of the festive season we urge motorists to exercise caution and show some patience.“The Gardai are on standby to keep the traffic moving as best they can but they need everyone’s co-operation. We encourage everyone to follow the rules of the road and keep safe this Christmas.”The chamber has reminded people there are 3000 car parking spaces in Letterkenny Town Centre at very reasonable rates and of course 30 minutes free on street parking. The many car parks are just minutes walk from the main shopping areas.“At this time of the year we just like to remind shoppers that there’s lots of free and reasonable spaces available within walking distance of shopping areas. We also know that this weekend will be busy and we call for people to be patient and to pass on their festive cheer to fellow motorists,” added Ms Forrester.  CHAMBER PLEADS WITH MOTORISTS TO HAVE PATIENCE DURING CHRISTMAS RUSH was last modified: December 18th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmasLetterkenny Chamberroad ragelast_img read more

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Saving Our Vanishing Wilderness

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) covers more than 19 million acres in northeast Alaska. It’s about the size of North Carolina. A significant portion of the refuge — 8 million acres — is designated as wilderness (the Mollie Beattie Wilderness).The Arctic Refuge is the largest national wildlife refuge in the United States, and remains the wildest land in the country. If you are looking for the geographic spot in our country that is farthest from any trail, road, or building, you’ll find that spot in the center of the Arctic Refuge.When Congress was debating the establishment of ANWR and the Mollie Beattie Wilderness, pro-development interests lobbied legislators for the right to drill for oil in a portion of the proposed refuge. As a political compromise, Congress carved out a portion of the refuge, known as “Area 1002,” where oil drillers might petition at some future time for drilling rights, should valid reasons be presented that such drilling was in the national interest. Ever since the possibility of oil drilling in Area 1002 was established by legislators, environmentalists have sought to delay or prevent that drilling. But if the Trump administration has its way, oil companies will soon be setting up drilling equipment in the Arctic Refuge.As the New York Times has reported, “plans to allow the lease sales were completed and approved by Congress in late 2017. … Republicans made major advances toward drilling [in ANWR] during the first two years of the Trump administration, when they controlled both Congress and the White House. But Democrats, since winning a majority in the House last November, have tried to slow or halt the drive toward lease sales.”According to a recent story on Alaska Public Radio, “[Joe] Balash is a top Trump administration official, the assistant secretary for land and minerals management at… Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

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