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As students of the University of Guyana (UG) continue to be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, UG has agreed to reduce the facilities fees by 50 per cent for the 2020/ 2021 academic year.
University of Guyana Students Society (UGS) on Tuesday said they have successfully negotiated with the UG administration for the relief, since students are away from campus due to COVID-19 guidelines.
“By April, the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic began to affect us all as the need to reduce these effects began a series of relief packages and small financial aid distributions. As it became more evident that we may not return to campus in the near future, we approached the administration for a reduction in facilities fees,” the UGSS said.
Just recently, Education Minister Priya Manickchand revealed that more than 600 students have discontinued their studies at the tertiary intuition during the pandemic, while a petition was called for the institution to either cancel or reduce its annual $50,000 facilities fee.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to close its doors to guarantee its students safety. As a result, UG has been administering classes to students virtually, by way of various Online platforms, and has not had physical classes on its campuses since February.
Students have since been contending that the facilities are closed, and they are not using many of the services being covered by the fees, hence they suggested the elimination of the fees.
Nevertheless, after months of negotiation, the university’s administration has finally agreed to cut the facilities fee. The fee that were once $50,000 yearly will now be $25,000 per year.