As a means of keeping up with the new age of technological advancement, the Guyana Government will ensure that all public places, particularly schools, have access to the Internet, while more Cyril Potter College teachers will be given laptops.
President David Granger made this disclosure on his televised programme, “The Public Interest”, stating that Government remained committed to Information Technology and Communication (ITC) advancements and employment generation, especially for youths.
He indicated that it took ITC training, inter-connectivity and the provision of computers very seriously as a means for driving Guyana toward technological advancement.
“I see that every single public place, school, hospital, prison will eventually have the ability to access the Internet and expect that the Private Sector will follow suit,” he said, highlighting that the establishment of a Ministry of Public Telecommunications was one of the steps toward an innovative country.
Of recent, the Government, which was put into office via a pro-youth platform with promises of employment of thousands, has come under heavy criticism for its 180-degree turn from its 2015 Election Manifesto promise, especially with youth unemployment registering at 40 per cent.
President Granger had himself announced that creating jobs for people was not the Government’s business, a sentiment which was echoed by Finance Minister Winston Jordan.
However, after being publicly chastised for that statement, the Government made an about-turn at the recent award ceremony of the Sustainable Livelihood and Entrepreneurship Development (SLED) programme, when Granger declared that if employment, the principal means for people to escape from poverty, was unavailable, the youths would fumble.