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Husbands not fazed by UWI decline

Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands is not fazed by the almost 30 per cent drop in student registration at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI).

In fact, he is optimistic that the numbers will rise again.

He told Barbados TODAY it was only a matter of time before things returned to normal.

Senator Harry Husbands

Senator Harry Husbands

“Anything I say about that will sound a little callous but . . . this is the first year of the policy and as people become more accustomed and more attuned, the numbers at the university will eventually go back up,” Husbands said.

“People in all kinds of developed countries pay tuition fees. Tuition fees were a big issue in the United Kingdom; this is nothing new and it is not totally unexpected for people to have this reaction. But it doesn’t only need time, it also needs persons working together to resolve it. Over time, doing that, it will settle down.”

Official data compiled by campus officials, and released this week, showed that on the heels of Government’s decision to stop paying tuition costs for Barbadian students effective this 2014/2015 academic year, total student registration has dropped by 28.51 per cent.

All five faculties registered declines.

In the undergraduate department, the Faculty of Humanities and Education was the hardest hit, with a 38.04 per cent drop; while in the graduate division, registrations in the Faculty of Medical Sciences fell by just over 77 per cent.

The two faculties also saw the largest declines in new student registrations – 60.31 per cent and 55.88 per cent, respectively.

However, Husbands has appealed to Barbadians to hold strain and give the new policy a chance to settle.

“In the meantime, both the Government and the university will be working closely to ensure that people are not disadvantaged,” he stressed.

Husbands said he could not speak to the number of bursaries disbursed by the Ministry of Education to UWI students because they were still being processed.

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8 Responses to Husbands not fazed by UWI decline

  1. Edwards Swindley
    Edwards Swindley September 13, 2014 at 1:29 am


  2. Dwayne Jordan September 13, 2014 at 6:13 am

    How will things go back to normal sir?

    1. Gov goes back on their decision about tuition
    2. All 2500+ students raise $ for tuition.

    We all know none of the above will happen so enough of the bull**** from you.

  3. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall September 13, 2014 at 6:24 am

    When a senator could say he is not fazed by the drop in student attendance, he really do not care about the education of our youth. he is getting on like his minister.

  4. Denise Blackman
    Denise Blackman September 13, 2014 at 7:44 am

    You should be shame as a former teacher! Heartless, you have your education let others get theirs also

  5. Augustine R Ferdinand
    Augustine R Ferdinand September 13, 2014 at 7:54 am

    He”s not fazed O.o…That says alot…

  6. Asiba Buffalo
    Asiba Buffalo September 13, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Politics ???

  7. Winston September 13, 2014 at 10:02 am

    It is a difficult period of adjustment, but compare the Barbados costs with these countries’.

  8. Tony Webster September 13, 2014 at 10:27 am

    As regards The Hill…The Hon. Senator is indeed not fazed. He is simply dazed.; possibly deluded; and should definitely be secluded.
    Truth be told, I wholeheartedly support ant and all efforts to improve on the current low-water mark in English comprehension; grammar; and oral and written expression.
    Yes, one might also include the ability to make a simple sentence. This would allow at least the current generation, and possibly two, to enjoy the last three hundred years’ worth of literary masterpieces…all there eating to be read, enjoyed, and to add to one’s value as a civilises human being.
    A pity and a crying shame.


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