Learning Channel uplink contract with TVG ends next year – House told

The Education Ministry’s contract with Television Guyana (TVG) Inc for the provision of technical services for the Guyana Learning Channel for which the company is paid US$15,000 ($3.1 million) monthly, plus value-added tax (VAT) ends next year.

During yesterday’s consideration of the budgetary estimates for the Education Ministry, APNU Shadow Education Minister Amna Ally noted requests for $91 million towards payments under “Other Goods and Services Purchased” in    the ministry’s proposed Training and Development Programme.

The amount was allocated for an item listed only as “Other” and so Ally requested details of the minister.

Education Minister Priya Manickchand ex-plained that the funds are to be used for a variety of purposes including to pay for the preparation and marking of Cyril Potter College of Education exams, and to help air the Interactive Radio Instruc-tion Programme (IRI).


Manickchand also said that the amount would, under an existing contract, service payments to TVG for its role in helping to air programmes of the Edu-cation Learning Channel (ELC).

She said that for the channel’s programmes to be disseminated they have to be uplinked to a satellite then downlinked and distributed to the stations which carry the Learning Channel.

She continued that the only operator with this capacity is TVG, and said that the ministry therefore entered into an agreement with the company which provides the service at a cost of US$15,000 per month, plus VAT. The monies are paid over by the National Centre for Resource Development (NCERD).

The contract was signed on December 14, 2010, and the agreement is for five years.

More in Local News


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning:

Most Read This Week

  1. Ramesh Manbodh

    Man beaten with bat passes away

  2. Bibi Shareema (left) and her mother Bibi Shameela in
happier times

    Greenwich Park woman died 44 days after brutally stabbed by ex-partner

  3. Fast food lovers inside KFC yesterday

    KFC back in business

  4. Bharrat Jagdeo

    Meeting of Cabinet at GDF HQ pilloried by Jagdeo

  5. Ameer Abdool Subrati

    Man dies after bandits target overseas-based couple at Herstelling

  6. The building housing the home and grocery

    Bandits invade Alness businessman’s house, shots fired

  7. Alimudeen Gobin’s demolished house

    Violent storm lashes No. 19 Village

  8. Bharrat Jagdeo

    Crime has never been this bad – Jagdeo

  9. The ganja found in Prashad Nagar (Police photo)

    Police find 52 lbs of ganja in Prashad Nagar house

Recommended For You