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School of Nations likely to increase fees

first_imgThe administration of School of Nations has revealed that fees are likely to be increased in the near future. This would make School of Nations the second privately run school to hike its fees, after Mae’s Schools recently announced a similar move.This announcement was made by the Director of the institution, Dr Brian O’Toole, who explained that with the growing economy and increased costs of production and services, the need has arisen to implement the increase. The fees currently been charged are also considered very low when compared to other institutions.School of Nations“It’s likely that we will review the fees, because if we want the best possible education, we charge at the moment $1200 (US). In international terms, that’s a very low figure. We want to make sure we offer it to as wide a cross section as possible,” he stated.Dr O’Toole further explained that the fees would not be hiked to an extent that would force students of the institution to leave. If the fees are increased, the director assured, students will still be able to complete their studies.Dr O’Toole added, “We’re going to look at making it a balance between ensuring we can get the best quality and making sure that we respect the reality of the pockets of Guyana.”Recently, Mae’s Schools hiked their fees by 40 percent, despite the Government’s removal of the 14% Value Added Tax (VAT) on education during the 2018 budget. As such, parents are in disapproval of this sudden increase.Dr O’Toole has reiterated that the fees being requested at the School of the Nations will certainly not be as much as 40 percent, as consideration must be given to not only the individuals from whose pockets the monies are extracted, but also the school’s perspective that approximately 60 students are presently studying through a scholarship.“Nations is looking at it. We will not increase fees by the extent. We will not increase our fees by 40 percent. For all the fancy cars you see in the car park, we have other people that walk here, people that come by bicycle, and they have enriched the school and we want to make sure that they stay, so we certainly aren’t going to price them out of coming,” the director said.The institution has revealed that with the growing population of over 3000 students, the school is looking to establish other centres in the North West District and in the Rupununi, to assist the other regions.last_img read more

France to shut down 14 nuclear reactors by 2035

first_imgLondon best pest control The total includes the previously announced shutdown of France’s two oldest reactors in Fessenheim, eastern France, which Macron said was now set for summer 2020.He also announced that France would close its remaining four coal-fired power plants by 2022 as part of the country’s anti-pollution efforts.Reducing role of nuclear energyIn a speech laying out the country’s energy policies for the coming years, Macron said that “reducing the role of nuclear energy does not mean renouncing it.”France relies on nuclear power for nearly 72 percent of its electricity needs, though the government wants to reduce this to 50 percent by 2030 or 2035 by developing more renewable energy sources.Macron says he acknowledges many struggling households felt penalised by an increase in fuel taxes this year, which sparked road blockades and demonstrations over the past 10 days. (TRTWorld)Wind and solar energy Macron said France would aim to triple its wind power electricity output by 2030, and increase solar energy output fivefold in that period.He added that he would ask French electricity giant EDF to study the feasibility of more next-generation EPR nuclear reactors, but will wait until 2021 before deciding whether to proceed with construction.EDF has been building the first EPR reactor at Flamanville along the Atlantic coast of northwest France – originally set to go online in 2012 – but the project has been plagued by technical problems and budget overruns.Heard the angerEarlier during his speech, Macron sought to take the heat out of mass anti-government protests over taxes, saying he had heard the anger but would not change course.He acknowledged that many struggling households felt penalised by an increase in fuel taxes this year, which sparked road blockades and demonstrations over the past 10 days.He offered minor concessions, saying he would propose a mechanism to adjust tax hikes when they occurred at the same time as an increase in oil prices internationally – as they have this year.And he called for a three-month national consultation to draw up a roadmap for accelerating the country’s transition away from fossil fuels – which he insisted remained his overall objective.“What I’ve taken from these last few days is that we shouldn’t change course because it is the right one and necessary,” he told lawmakers at the Elysee palace in Paris.Source: AFP French President Emmanuel Macron leaves after delivering a speech on ‘The presentation of the strategy for ecology transition,’ at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Tuesday, November 27, 2018. (AP)French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday that his country will shut down 14 of the country’s 58 nuclear reactors currently in operation by 2035, of which between four and six will be closed by 2030. President Emmanuel Macron steps up his anti-pollution efforts by announcing the closure of 14 of the 58 nuclear reactors, of which between four and six will be closed by 2030. Emmanuel Macron, head of the political movement En Marche !, or Onwards !, and candidate for the 2017 presidential election, attends a campaign rally in Lyon, France, February 4, 2017. REUTERS/Robert Prattalast_img read more