Guyanese citizens who are still living in Guyana and were unable to complete their secondary education or attained less than four subjects at the CSEC level are now being given a second chance to get themselves more qualified for the world of work or university life.
The Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand, today announced the launching of the Get Ready for Opportunities to Work (GROW) programme.
She said the scholarship programme is being offered to applicants at no cost and will be done under the Guyana Online Academy of Learning (GOAL).
“This initiative aims to offer Guyanese, 18 years and over, who never had an opportunity to complete their secondary school education or obtained less than five passes in CSEC/GCE subjects (including Mathematics and English) the opportunity to matriculate to tertiary education”, Minister Manickchand explained.
Applicants can either apply for a Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Levels 5 & 6 diploma or a General Education Development (GED) diploma.
The SCQF diploma is a comprehensive preparatory programme to be delivered within a three (3) to six (6) month period targeting applicants who have at least completed Grade nine of their secondary education or sat the CSEC examination but did not obtain passes in 4 subjects.
The students will study seven (7) courses and the Diploma is internationally accredited and is offered by the Scottish Qualification Authority (SQA) in partnership with Jain University, India.
The other programme to be offered under the new initiative is the General Educational Development (GED) Diploma.
The GED will be offered through Texila American University (Guyana) and other partners.
Ms. Manickchand explained that the GED programme “is an intensive three (3) month programme targeting applicants who were unable to write or who did not attain passes in five (5) subjects at the CXC/CSEC level. The GED is equivalent to the United States of America High School Diploma. Students who choose the GED Diploma will be exposed to four core areas: Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts. On successful completion of the GED programme, students will be able to matriculate to four (4) year Bachelor’s degree programmes at Texila University, Guyana or any other University that accepts GED qualifications”.
For both programmes, classes will be conducted online during evening hours to accommodate students who work during the daytime while examinations will also be conducted online at the end of the programme.
Interested persons can register on the GOAL website at www.goal.edu.gy.