Officials in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) are pressing for foreign languages, including Spanish and Portuguese, to be taught at more schools around the region, after it was highlighted that only a few schools benefit, given the lack of qualified personnel to take up the responsibility.Regional Chairman Renis Morian in a quest to improve the situation has asked that the Region 10 Department of Education assist in facilitating the hiring of trained personnel. Morian asked about the number of foreign languages presently being taught in schools acrossRegional Chairman Renis Morianthe region and the availability and accessibility of qualified people to teach. He alluded that Portuguese and Spanish are two important languages which should be learned by students in order to break the language barrier.“We find ourselves at a disadvantage when it comes to training and doing business since we can’t communicate,” the Regional Chairman said.Meanwhile, Regional Education Officer Marcia Paddy Andrews noted that qualified persons can be employed to teach the subjects on a part-time basis, a move which the Department of Education is willing to assist with. Chairman of the region’s Education Committee Denise Belgrave also suggested that sign language be taught inside regular classrooms throughout the region, noting that it will be a positive step in assisting students with special needs.
The Guyana Oil Company (GuyOil) on Friday rewarded 55 lucky customers as part of its ongoing Christmas promotion. The winners were part of the first of two drawings, and 25 walked away with $5,000 worth of free fuel while another 20 received grocery hampers. The other 10 were rewarded with $100,000 each.The drawing took place at the GUYOIL Regent Street branch.Jeffrey Harry is one of the lucky customers to win a grocery hamperMarketing & Sales Manager of GuyOil, Eric Whaul, congratulated the winners on behalf of the company. He noted that, for the New Year, the company would continue to give back to the country and its customers. According to Whaul, despite the fluctuations in gas prices, the company would continue to maintain its low prices.The GuyOil Christmas promotion was launched on November 6, and will run until January 6, 2018. The company will be giving away a total of $3 million in cash and prizes to customers purchasing its products from various service stations. Customers who purchase $5,000 worth of products can fill out a coupon and drop it in the box provided. Winners will be drawn weekly.The final $1 million will be distributed among 10 winning entries.