Another academic year approaches, still no free UG

A government moves in the direction of its focus. As the third year of the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) regime begins, students across Guyana are in the process of applying and registering for the new academic year 2022/2023.

This makes the third of five academic years that the PPP will preside over before the current government term comes to an end in 2025. Now, thousands of students are set to face tuition fees of G$250,000 or more to cover the cost of their UG tuition.

The PPP has promised that UG would be completely free by 2025, but there has been utterly no move in that direction since they were installed into office. Not one dollar has been cut from the cost of UG’s tuition.

To make matters worse, the PPP has not provided the University with any funding to improve its operations or to cover growing inflation. This has forced UG to choose between raising tuition or reducing services, and so far, their management appears to be opting for the latter.

The Alliance For Change (AFC) has called on the PPP to immediately abolish tuition at UG. However, in spite of the PPP spending over G$550 billion in 2022, the PPP clearly has no plan for reducing the cost of UG tuition by any amount for this coming academic year.

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