The Vision of Vice-Chancellor Ivelaw Griffith for the University of Guyana
– By Dr Dhanpaul Narine
In late 2016 the University of Guyana (UG) will award degrees for the fiftieth time since its founding. This should be a special occasion. Guyana celebrated with much fanfare its fiftieth anniversary as an independent nation in May 2016. Guyana and its University then are intertwined. There is every reason as to why the health of the University should be high on the list of policymakers but this has not always been the case.
A fact-finding tour by Education Resource Ambassadors in June 2016 found a number of areas in which improvement is needed. The list emerged from students and staff.
For example there is no university bookshop, sports facilities are lacking as are up-to-date textbooks. Where are the hats, cups, scarves, T-shirts, and other paraphernalia to brand UG? Why are thousands of grades submitted late? Could it be that lecturers are fed up because of poor wages and conditions?