Finance Minister Winston Jordan announced on Monday that the Government plans to invest $52.2 billion in the education sector in 2019.
He said that represents a 15.6 percent increase over the 2018 allocation.
According to the Minister, the budget will address disparities in the education sector such as bridging the gap between coastal and hinterland education delivery; eliminating the shortage of books in the classroom for effective learning; and monitoring sector achievements.
“We plan significant and inclusive investments, from nursery to university level: investment in analytical work, curriculum reform, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the teaching of STEAM subjects (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), and investing in facilities for our youths to be ready for the changing nature of work in an increasingly digital era. We will be expanding initiatives like the distribution of Math and Literacy kits, as well as distribution of Robotic kits at the primary and secondary levels, which will enhance not only the ICT skills of students, but will also impact positively on their mathematical and general critical thinking skills”, he said.
He noted that programmes to reduce bullying and violence as well as other social problems in schools will be expanded to ensure regular school attendance.
Two mobile welfare units will be introduced to expand access to a wider student population.
Additionally, the school feeding programme across the country will be expanded, with an additional 9,545 students expected to benefit, according to the Minister.
He also announced that smart classrooms will be expanded across the country and several new programmes will be introduced to target various communities.
The University of Guyana will receive over $3 billion to aid its operations and several schools are to be repaired while new ones will be constructed.