The Ministries of Education and Public Services will select Guyana Online Academy for Learning (GOAL) fellows from more than 8,500 applications by July.
With the submission deadline passed, Education Minister Priya Manickchand told Stabroek News that more than 8,500 applications have been received and are currently being processed by the two ministries, who are working together to select the people. who will benefit from the scholarships. Civil Service Minister Sonia Parag added that ministries were working diligently to get the results of the assessment known to beneficiaries by July. The ministers mentioned that some of the programs will start the second week of July.
Manickchand, by phone, explained that requests are processed based on each requester’s submissions. She said applicants have three study choices and if they do not qualify for their first choice, the second choice will be reviewed before moving on to the third choice if the candidate does not meet college requirements.
She said she was aware that more than 8,500 applications had been submitted and needed to be reviewed before being forwarded to the Civil Service Ministry for scholarship-related aspects to be considered.
When Parag was contacted, she said she was confident that fellows will have enough time to prepare for their classes. According to Parag, the Ministry of Civil Service will award the scholarships on the basis of a shortlist, which is being prepared by the Ministry of Education. She said her ministry then decides that people are eligible for scholarships if they meet several different criteria. She added that a panel will be formed and that Dr. Jacob Opadeyi, director of GOAL, will be part of the panel that will make this decision.
In one of Parag’s responses to questions posed during last Thursday’s session in the National Assembly, Parag said the process would be conducted in a manner consistent with fairness. She explained that several critical factors will be taken into account depending on the program selected and depending on the data extracted from the applications. Also, particular attention will be paid to regional balance in order to ensure that the citizens of the hinterland and rural communities are well served.
GOAL is the institution responsible for managing all operational and functional components of the 20,000 Free Online Fellowship initiative over the next five years. The two ministries held negotiations with five accredited and recognized institutions – Indira Gandhi Open University, Jain University, University of Applied Sciences, Southern Caribbean University and University of the West Indies open campus. – where the winners will study.