Decision to be made on extension of UG’s semester


By Jomo Paul

[] – The University of Guyana’s Academic Board is set to make a decision today on whether the institution’s semester will be extended and for how long.

This is after separate but simultaneous protest action initiated by the University of Guyana Student Society (UGSS) and the University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU) in conjunction with the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA).

The Bodies had protested for better conditions at the University and better salaries across the board.

However, after the five week protest action was subverted due to a wages increase agreement being signed, attention was placed on whether the semester would be extended to ensure that the students receive the full semester’s work without any additional strain.

In that regard, today’s meeting of the academic board will discuss and decide whether there will be a three week extension or an extension of four weeks to the semester.

The three week extension would see the students not getting a one week semester break or the one week revision period before final exams. Under this proposition, the semester will conclude on June 19.

The second proposal of a one month extension will also see the students not receiving their one week semester break; however they will receive the one week revision period as per norm.

If this is advocated for, the semester will come to an end on June 26.