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Gov’t to prioritise making internet access available for hinterland & riverain communities

Vice President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo along with a team of ministers on Tuesday held an outreach in Region Two where they listened to the concerns of the Guyana Online Academy for Learning (GOAL) scholarship recipients.

Vice President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo (Photo: DPI)

One of the challenges faced by these persons was that they had no internet access to attend classes or submit their assignments.

One lady explained that she has to travel out from her community just to gain access to the coastland. "I come out on the weekends, I download my stuff but then I miss all the classes, I can’t catch up with an entire week of recordings," she expressed.

In light of this, Vice President Dr Bharrat Jagdeo said the Government will put addressing this challenge on the front burner since it is concerned that hinterland and riverain communities will be excluded from this initiative.

"We have to find a way of assisting…but we’ll put this on the front burner because it is something that we’re faced with when we launched this programme frankly speaking," he said.

He also said his Government will have to examine mechanisms whereby the internet hubs bandwidth can be expanded to remote areas which are not connected to the coastland infrastructure.

According to the Vice President, the Government is working aggressively to address this challenge but it will take a while to be rectified.

"So we have to find a way of fixing this so that the kids from the hinterland and the people from the hinterland do not suffer," the Vice President stated.

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