The Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Thursday handed out $3.5M in bursary awards to 127 children who did exceptionally well in the National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA) examinations written in March of this year.
Of the 127 students, 114 received $25,000, six received $20,000 and seven pupils were granted bursaries of $100,000 to $200,000.
The awards were handed out at the Officers’ Mess Office in Eve Leary, Georgetown.
Williams lauded the children for their hard work and encouraged them to be the best they can in secondary school.
“Dream big, dream of becoming someone who will work on our oil rig, dream of becoming a nurse , a doctor, an author or even the President of Guyana” Williams said.
In her remarks, Assistant Commissioner, Administration, Maxine Graham said the GPF’s bursary programme was initiated in 1994 and was managed by a committee some four years later.
She gave a few statistics over the last few years of the number of students who qualified for the service, outlining that …”for the year 2015 a total of 145 qualified, 2016, 83 persons qualified, in 2017, 98 persons qualified and for 2018, 114 person qualified”.
Thirteen special awardees were added to 114 qualified persons to make up 127 students in all for 2018.
Most of the students who received bursaries would have obtained 400 marks and above.
On March 28 and March 29, some 14,551 pupils wrote the examinations to complete their primary education and gain entrance into the secondary education system.