News Feed

October 27, 2016 - United win Manchester derby Juan Mata struck to win a tight Man ... +++ October 27, 2016 - IAAF wants Bolt’s services KINGSTON, Jamaica – IAAF Pres ... +++ October 27, 2016 - Proper shutdown protocol needed, says Bynoe The Department of Emergency Managem ... +++ October 27, 2016 - ‘Out of touch’ Economist Ryan Straughn says the la ... +++ October 27, 2016 - Lowe looking to protect the south coast A senior policymaker has warned tha ... +++ October 27, 2016 - Road Hockey 5s hit halfway mark After three weeks of competition th ... +++

UWI students gearing up for big protest and march on PM’s office on Friday

President of the Guild of Students Damani Parris.

President of the Guild of Students Damani Parris. (FP)

Students at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies will be escalating their action on Friday, against government’s proposal to make Barbadians pay their full tuition from the 2014 academic year.

President of the Students Guild, Damani Parris told Barbados TODAY, the students will march from the Roy Marshall Teaching Centre at Cave Hill to the offices of Prime Minister, Freundel Stuart, Government Headquarters, Bay Street.

He said the mass protest, which starts at 9 a.m., was to show their dissatisfaction at government not accepting the need to retreat from the position of imposing the new fees.

He said the students wanted to send a message to government that they did not intend to let the issue die.

On August 22, the Guild held a town hall meeting to discuss the policy which takes effect next year. A petition was also circulated.

When asked for a comment, Minister of Education, Ronald Jones said he had nothing to say.

In his 2013 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals, Minister of Finance, Chris Sinckler announced that local students would pay tuition fees at the University of the West Indies campuses across the region, while the government continued to take care of the economic costs. This new policy, Sinckler had said, would reduce transfers to the UWI by about $42 million annually. (EJ)

18 Responses to UWI students gearing up for big protest and march on PM’s office on Friday

  1. Gina-Ann Trotman
    Gina-Ann Trotman September 12, 2013 at 10:08 am

    What good will this be?

  2. Andrea Matthews
    Andrea Matthews September 12, 2013 at 10:20 am

    “Giving fewer people access to higher education is a great idea!” said no one ever.

  3. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 12, 2013 at 10:20 am

    Seriously Bajans just don’t get it,can’t be business as usual,students all over the world pay for post secondary education.

  4. Alex Brooker
    Alex Brooker September 12, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Riot gear being made ready…

  5. Steve Jemmott
    Steve Jemmott September 12, 2013 at 10:25 am

    If you don’t stand for some thing you will stand for nothing! you deserve better comrades!

  6. Randy Lord
    Randy Lord September 12, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I’ll bet that Mia and company will be rubbing shoulders and riding piggy back ! ….

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 12, 2013 at 11:00 am

      Agree Randy this is right up Mia and company alley.

    • Regina Worrell
      Regina Worrell September 13, 2013 at 7:14 am

      Smh. There are none so blind…. Piggy back? So you think the guild came up with this on it’s own?

    • Damian Mascoll
      Damian Mascoll September 13, 2013 at 7:24 am

      lol Regina Worrell

    • Regina Worrell
      Regina Worrell September 13, 2013 at 7:27 am


  7. Denzi_DeeDz
    Denzi_DeeDz September 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

    “: UWI students gearing up for big protest and march on PM’s office on Friday –”

  8. Juliet Best
    Juliet Best September 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

    Unbelievable. And y’all want tax payers to pay for this level of jealously guarded ignorance? The Guild President is clearly a great Political Studies student. Acing B***S*** already. SMDH!!!!

    • Octivia Osbourne September 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Actually he’s a Science and Technology student… Political Science is in the Social Science faculty… and we don’t want tax payers to pay.. We just want a better solution

  9. Wayde Dottin September 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    I don’t mind an increase in fees but we cannot pay for the mismanagement of a government that has no vision. Everything cannot be blamed on the recession. Government did not wake up yesterday to find an envelope from UWI on its doorstep with a you owe me letter inside.

  10. Diana September 12, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    My only problem with the change in tuition fees are why do the current students have to pay let New students who are now enrolling budget for it in advance students who have already done 2 years and cant finish their last year cause they cannot afford to is madness….

  11. Ernesto G. Williams September 13, 2013 at 1:02 am

    I applaud and support the work of the UWI Guild. It is a sad day when the government of a nation makes a poor, economic choice over wise, educational investments. You simply cannot put a price tag on the academic profit to be gained from investing into the country’s self-actualization through tertiary education. Our College here in the Bahamas tried the same thing, and it is the duty of any leading student union to stand for and demonstrate against it. I only wish I was there with you guys to protest as well.

  12. Damian Mascoll
    Damian Mascoll September 13, 2013 at 7:28 am

    They want the state to continue paying for 100% of their education, and contribute nothing at all in 2013? The point of this is march is lost on me…

  13. Tristan Layne September 14, 2013 at 3:28 am

    Persons who cannot understand the action of UWI students are currently not walking in their shoes. Those who have been through the system and now feels it is time for it to change so drastically should be writing cheques to reimburse the government for the 4 years of tuition they owe…..politicians first.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *