Thandeka Percival

QC boy scores 25 CSEC passes

Michael Bhopaul, 16, doesn’t know if he is this year’s best performer at    the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC) Examinations, but with preliminary results showing that he has obtained passes in 25 subjects, he will be hard to top.

City to vote on parking meters report

Today at 2 pm the 30 councillors of the Georgetown City Council will once again cast a vote on the future of metered parking in the city and several of them have told Stabroek News that they want to be sure their vote accurately represents a mandate from residents.

Anti-smoking bill passed

-aims to end lighting up in indoor public places, stop tobacco ads

The National Assembly last night passed the landmark Tobacco Control Bill 2017 which will target smoking in indoor public places and ban advertising of tobacco products.

Sharp rise in Maths passes among Grade Six improvements

There was a sharp rise in the Mathematics performance at this year’s National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) and improvements in the three other subject areas, according to the results released yesterday, but more than 50% of the 13,329 pupils who wrote the exams were still unable to pass three of the four subjects taken.

GTU favours subject limit for CSEC students

– Manickchand finds it ill thought out, dumb

A proposal by the Ministry of Education (MoE) to limit the number of subjects students can sit at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination may have found favour with the Guyana Teachers Union but former Minister of Education Priya Manickchand says that it is ill thought out and dumb.

Removal of VAT on private education unlikely this year

– PM tells disgruntled stakeholders

By Thandeka Percival and Dreylan Johnson There is unlikely to be any change this year to the 14% Value Added Tax (VAT) being applied on private school tuition fees, according to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, who made the position clear yesterday when government ministers engaged stakeholders in a discussion on the measure at the National Cultural Centre.

Gov’t passes bill for Hamilton Green pension

-despite fierce PPP/C objections

  From April 1, 2017, former PNC Prime Minister Hamilton Green is expected to start receiving almost $1.5 million a month in pension payments and other benefits after the government used its parliamentary majority last evening to pass a controversial bill to confer him with the package.

City hikes property rates by 10%

-$800m budget deficit projected this year

Against the backdrop of an escalating row over paid parking, the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) yesterday announced that property rates will go up by 10% – the first hike since 1998 – and it is projecting an $833M deficit for 2017.

Miners threaten mass protest over new tax measures

-set deadline for meeting with president

Unless President David Granger agrees to a meeting within a fortnight, miners yesterday warned that the country will be treated to a slowdown in declarations and mass protest over issues of contention, including new tax measures that they say will hurt their operations.