Too much dependence on Govt, complains Kellman

Minister of Housing and Lands Denis Kellman wants Barbadians to reduce their dependency on the Freundel Stuart administration.

Responding to critics of the Government’s plan to introduce tuition fees at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus from September, Kellman maintained that the country needed to be more realistic.

Last week, the Students Guild called on the Government to step in and help students who were finding it difficult to meet their financial requirements. They also complained that commercial banks were turning away students who were in critical need of funding to complete their education.

In response, Kellman told Barbados TODAY, “I find it very comical when I hear students talking about that”.

The Minister maintained that residents must be prepared to stand on their own two feet.

“Let us be realistic, in the 1960’s Errol Barrow brought free secondary education, free secondary education is still there. The confusion is whether he said free tertiary education,” said Kellman.

“It is true that he added tertiary education and the confusion is not at free secondary school education; it is still there, that is what we promised,” he said.

Kellman questioned the length of time that Barbadians expected this programme to continue.

“If in 1960 Errol Walton Barrow gave my father an opportunity to educate me, why in 2014 can I still be expecting the country of Barbados to educate my children? I thought what he did was to educate me, to educate my children.

“So when I hear people, especially professionals arguing over free secondary education, sometimes I ask myself, ‘how long can we expect the country to continue to support us, when it would have built the foundation for us to support ourselves and our children?’”

However, he made it clear that government would lend a hand where necessary.

“I am saying those people who fall through the cracks, that the Government must look after. But I think it’s unfair for people to amass riches and still depend on the state. How can we tell people that two years from now, that we are going to celebrate our 50 years of independence and we are still depending on the state and others to support us?” he asked.

Last week Education Minister Ronald Jones announced that 3,000 bursaries would be made available to students in September. while 2,500 students would benefit from the Student Revolving Loan scheme.



Source: (FW)

6 Responses to Too much dependence on Govt, complains Kellman

  1. Niles Pamela
    Niles Pamela July 14, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    You are correct!
    The application process needs to change and since they like to follow the US , then lets look at your assets and debts to determine any help!!

  2. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne July 14, 2014 at 11:55 pm

    Look who’s talking.

  3. Olutoye Walrond July 15, 2014 at 2:15 am

    There really is too much dependence on the government. I mean – look how dependent M.P’s are on the government for fat salaries and pensions plans out of this world. It is ridiculous. We need to cut out this dependence.

  4. Cecily Jones
    Cecily Jones July 15, 2014 at 3:19 am

    No words to respond to this very privileged MP who does not seem to understand the economics of poverty…finding students denied loans to finish their education comical…smh

  5. Shirley Garnes
    Shirley Garnes July 15, 2014 at 5:12 am

    Is it so hard for students to work and go to school to help support their own education. Another thing so many parents send their children to the States and Canada to be educated. Why not stay in Barbados and put some of that money their spending to help support the educational system.

  6. Wizzie July 15, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Kellman need to shut his mouth, because when ever he speak it is always a bunch of solid waste coming from him. How can a Minister refer to what the young are saying as comical. Don’t he know that he and the other politician are dependence on the Government money by the way of collecting a monthly salary and then a pension. I want the Minister and all those who speak about depending on Government to known to know that the money these young are speaking about is not the Government’s money, but the Hard working tax payers of Barbados. The free education that was told that Errol Barrow gave to us came from tax payers pocket not Barrow personal money. Any things any Government of Barbados does is with the people of Barbados money and we can have and should have a say in how it should be spent. What does it profit us all to try and gain the whole world and end up loosing our soul.


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