─ Of $52.5BILLION allocated to Education, $5.4BILLION put toward building and facilities

─ $3.1BILLION for UG’s development

Minister of Education, Dr. Nicolette Henry has indicated that two new schools will be constructed in Region 3; Essequibo Islands-West Demerara and Region 4; Demerara-Mahaica. All part of government’s plan for the delivery of quality education for the nation’s children.

Speaking on Budget in Focus on the National Communications Network (NCN) on Wednesday evening, the minister, revealed that the construction and repair work at St. Roses High School is underway and Bladen Hall Multilateral in Region 5 is also slated for major maintenance works.

“More than 110 schools, from nursery to secondary, will be repaired in 2019” Minister Henry said.

The Education Minister also noted that $3.1Billion will go towards the development of the University of Guyana. Adding that the university will also be offering a new degree programme in Youth Work.

Minister Henry said the government was also working to bridge the gap between schools on the coast and in the hinterland regions via it “Smart Classrooms” initiative.

The first ‘Smart’ classroom was launched in 2017 with the aim of connecting schools and classrooms in real-time across Guyana using innovative technology.

As it relates to the nation’s educators, Minister Henry says government remains supportive of teachers, as is evident in them also benefiting from the pay increase for public workers, even after the Guyana Teachers Union brokered its own agreement for its members before the presentation of the 2019 National Budget.

She said there are additional programmes on board for training and support for teachers.