Former LISCR FC defender Richard Pratt, popularly known as ‘Onunu’ has congratulated Coach Robert Lartey for his 6-0 convincing win over Mighty Dragons on Saturday and has expressed satisfaction of the club’s new pattern of play, describing it as “Pello Plot.”Onunu said he is convinced that LISCR FC would again pull the highest number goals in this tournament as in the recent past league, and would also clinch the title.LISCR FC is currently second on the 1st Division log with four points and eight goals.Since 1995, LISCR FC has grabbed the 1st division championship twice, 2011 and 2012.Onunu said with the inclusion of Trokon Myers and Malachi Coker from BYC and Theo Nimely from Jubilee, who have quickly adapted to Coach Pello’s plot system.It may be recalled that Coach Pella has challenged LISCR to step up their defensive efforts as they looked to achieve their first home win record against Mighty Dragons last Saturday.The Coach warned his LISCR FC defenders of Mighty Dragons’ strength on counter-attack ahead of Saturday’s encounter at ATS.“In order for players to fit the system, every good team must have competition in order to succeed,” Coach Pello said.Ahead of the encounter against Dragons the LISCR manager hoped that featuring his three new signings would help his system.The three started with Malach at the right back, Trokon in the attacking force and Theo in the midfield.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
UG tuition hike… says quality education must be paid forFinance Minister Winston Jordan on Friday reacted to the announcement by the University of Guyana (UG) that it has decided to increase tuition for the new school year, noting that in order for one to receive quality education, he must pay.Jordan said while the situation might not be a favourable one for students at thisFinance Minister Winston Jordantime, the fact is, if quality education is being sought, then they must be able to pay.“At the end of the day, you have to appreciate. If you want quality education, we have to pay for it. There is nowhere in the world I believe, people are paying for education, can they pay what they are paying at the University of Guyana.The Minister said it is irrelevant what one’s per capita income or the amount of money being earned is. In the end, he said if a university wants to attract quality people, it must pay to draw such.The University of Guyana on Thursday officially announced that it had begun the process of seeing an overall 35 per cent increase in tuition fees at the institution, with its first round of 15 per cent. Beginning at the new 2017/2018 school year, students will be required to pay this increase.The UG council also decided to incrementally increase the tuition fee by 10 per cent for the 2018-2019 academic year for all students, and a further 10 per cent for all students for the 2019-2020.The decision, it said, came following an examination of the University’s projected budget deficit, the pressing needs of the University, and projected alternative income streams.According to UG, the council’s decision will be applied to tuition fees for all programmes and for both continuing students and new students for the 2017-2018 academic years. However, it said, input from the Student Society was considered, leading to an incremental roll out, where continuing students will now pay an increase of 15 per cent, and new students will be required to pay 18 per cent more.At the same meeting also, the council reportedly decided to incrementally increase the tuition fee by 10 per cent for 2018-2019 academic year for all students, and a further 10 per cent for all students for 2019-2020.At the same meeting, the council also authorised the UG Administration to commence negotiations with the two University unions for remuneration packages based on what the University could afford.Salary increasesMeanwhile, speaking on the demands for salary increases by staff members of the institution, Jordan said Government has done its part and it is now for the University to find ways to satisfy that and other demands.“There will always be demands for wages, salaries, utilities and other things. This has to come from some place, if to meet those demands,” Jordan said.According to him, the University is largely financed by Government. He said when the new Administration took office; it increased the subvention to the University by some 63 per cent to allow them to pay a substantial increase in salary for lecturers and other staff. He said while the fund was substantial, it did not match the amount that is usually paid to lecturers even in Guyana at some other places. He said this year, staff is seeking a 15 per cent, however Government was only able to give what it can, at this time afford. As such, the University has to look for other sources of income to pay lecturers, he said.