Guyanese students in Cuba welcome assistance by Public Service Dept.

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DPI, Guyana, Friday, May 8, 2020

Guyanese students in Cuba have welcomed the efforts taken by the Department of Public Service and the Cuban Public Health Ministry (MINSAP) on the way forward for students living and studying in the country.

In correspondence seen by the Department of Public Information, several students said that while initially worried about foodstuff, the continuation of their courses and their health and well-being, these matters have now been addressed by the relevant authorities.

In one correspondence a student said following their initial request for information on the position taken by the Cuban authorities an explanation was given, therefore they are aware that their earlier request was no longer optional.

Another student explained that they were concerned about foodstuff and other items, but that the care packages will suffice.

It was pointed out that the cost of a chartered flight to Cuba costs over $10 Million.

There are 69 Government of Guyana scholars in Cuba, 6 self-financed students and one student affairs officer.

While each student is earmarked to receive a care package from the Department of Public Service, several students are also receiving additional individual items as requested.

According to the Department of Public Service, since the Cuban Government has stated that classes will continue uninterrupted, no student has indicated that they would like to return to Guyana. The students stated that they wish to remain and complete their studies.

The DPS has also catered for several Guyanese students in Cuba on private study arrangements who are not on Government of Guyana scholarships.