A total of 50 Indigenous youths from across the hinterland regions were awarded scholarships through the Ministry of Public Service to attend the University of Guyana (UG).
A statement from the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs on Wednesday noted that this represents 25% of the 200 scholarships that are being awarded this year.
“I have received correspondence from the Public Service Ministry stating that the children we helped apply for scholarships to the University of Guyana, were successful this year and it is probably breaking records,” Minister of Amerindian Affairs, Pauline Sukhai was quoted saying.
She made this comment during a recent outreach in the Pomeroon-Supenaam Region where she lauded the indigenous youths for displaying a high level of competition to improve their qualifications.
“…if every year we can get that same amount into the University, we will have a high number of Amerindians and hinterland students getting scholarships,” the Minister said.
Additionally, under the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs Hinterland Scholarship Programme, students who were successful at the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) will be given the opportunity to attend secondary schools on the coast.
Tertiary-level students also received scholarships to attend the Government Technical Institute (GTI), the Guyana School of Agriculture (GSA), Carnegie School of Home Economics, the E.R. Burrowes School of Art, and the Guyana Industrial Training Centre.