Nine primary school students stole $1.8m from feeding programme

Nine primary school students in Region 9 stole nearly two million dollars from their School’s feeding programme according to the Auditor General’s 2016 Report.

According to report laid in Parliament two weeks ago, the students from the Primary School stole the sum of $1.802 million in 2017.

“At the time of reporting in September 2017, $700,000 was repaid leaving the sum of $1.102M to be recovered. The parents of the students had entered into an agreement to repay the amount stolen on a monthly basis commencing from April 2017,” it explains.  The Ministry also noted that the matter is presently engaging the attention the court.

The sum of $2.105 billion was allocated for Dietary needs under the Ministry of Education. According to the Appropriation Account, amounts totalling $1.668 billion were expended as at 31 December 2016. Including $600.312M which were expended on the provision of hot meals to 21,379 students of Nursery and Primary Schools…..


Former AG says gov’t hiring of special prosecutors unconstitutional

Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall says that the Attorney General’s Chambers’ retention of six attorneys to prosecute a number of high profile cases is unconstitutional and he is warning that the right to a fair trial will be compromised by a politically-tainted process.

Public debt up by $12.9B

Guyana’s total public debt increased from $317.7 billion to $330.6 billion in 2016 but the total debt as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) declined to 46.4% from 48.6% at the end of 2015 due to a nominal increase in the GDP.

Murdered teacher laid to rest

Family, friends and well-wishers turned out in their numbers to say their final goodbyes to murdered school teacher Kescia Branche, who was laid to rest yesterday afternoon.

31 new/potentially new species discovered in Kaieteur – Upper Potaro

A recent Biodiversity Assessment Team (BAT) survey of the Kaieteur National Park (KNP) and the Upper Potaro area has led to the discovery of up to 31 new or potentially new species to science.

Mon Repos man dies after bee attack

A Mon Repos, East Coast Demerara resident died on Thursday after he was attacked by a swarm of bees while returning home.

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