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Opposition slams “11th hour” approval of bursaries

Too late!

That is what the Opposition is saying in response to yesterday’s announcement that Cabinet had approved $3 million for bursaries.

In a release issued today, Shadow Minister of Education Edmund Hinkson said approval of the funds for university students had been given at the eleventh hour when the academic year was already more than half way completed and thousands of students had dropped out due to money problems.

“While the BLP welcomes this news, the sad reality is that over 4,000 students have already dropped out of the University of the West Indies this academic year as a direct result of their inability to pay the harsh tuition fees, which this Government has misguidedly imposed on them,” the Barbados Labour Party Member of Parliament said.

He accused the Freundel Stuart administration of “spasmodic handling” of the matter, which he described as a “disaster and a fiasco”.

“We, in the BLP, are convinced that means could have been found whereby the children of poor, unemployed and working class Barbadians could have continued to have their tuition fees fully funded by the Government, just as all of our present political leaders received free education,” Hinkson said.

“Sadly, the lack of communication from the authorities to the public over the last five months and the failure of accountability to the student body has resulted in qualified Barbadians now being denied, perhaps forever in some cases, the chance to receive or complete a university education.”


13 Responses to Opposition slams “11th hour” approval of bursaries

  1. Paula Husbands
    Paula Husbands February 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Cant find words to describe this present self serving government smh

  2. Derek Kelly
    Derek Kelly February 14, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Why dont the Opposition get bck in Parliament.

  3. Angus B Post
    Angus B Post February 14, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    $1400. ….$tupess

  4. Les Carr
    Les Carr February 14, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    This is what is called ” eating the cake and leaving none”, slam them when none were granted, them slam them again when they are granted. Never a dull moment these days.

  5. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock February 14, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    The damage already Done

  6. Mac10 February 14, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I hate to be picky about these things but “11th hour’ is usually the last minute before something happens. In the case of these bursaries, the courses started last September. It is now February, half way though the year. I suggest Mr Hinkson does not become a fireman with that thinking!

  7. DAP February 14, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Better late than never,they do not do we make noise,them do we find some other way of crying them down wake up ppl and look around the world today and you would see what is happening,Canada that have so much the dollar is dropping every month because of the oil price,Greece in problems even China and a small island like Barbados that only depend on tourist what would you all think would happen,give praises to the most high for what we have because it is a blessing and stop finding fault at every thing,no matter who in power things would not be different so be thankful that god is a bajan

    • harry turnover February 15, 2015 at 7:27 am

      You should look around and see,for if you were ,you would have realized that Bdos IS the only Country in the CARIBBEAN still in the DOLDRUMS.

      …and who says that CANADA is dropping every month ?? talk is cheap,…bring proof.

  8. Dale Worrell
    Dale Worrell February 14, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    Damn if yuh do damn if yuh don’t

  9. Donna February 14, 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Is this to distract us from what we have become fixated on recently, I wonder? This is not a case of damned if you do and damned if you don’t. It is a legitimate criticism to say that it is too little, too late. This is another case of bungling by this government of simple matters that should have been sorted out before the policy was changed. Now we’ve had our say on that let’s get back to the main issue – corruption at the highest level. And before you start to call me partisan- I have voted DLP all my life. I considered it the lesser of the two evils. Now I am not so sure.

  10. Carolyn Robertson
    Carolyn Robertson February 15, 2015 at 5:49 am

    I wonder what the Education system did not do for these MP that they took to a decision like this turning on your own that what you are doing as for as i know nothing in life is free someone pay for it directly are indirectly so what is the problem

  11. harry turnover February 15, 2015 at 7:22 am

    This was another deliberate ploy by Government.Give those bursaries at the beginning of the first year and they would have had to use the 3 million.
    Give them now with over 4000 drop outs….less than 3 million to disburse.

  12. Alex Alleyne February 15, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I always hear “better late than never” . You just cant do any and not get a bad reading from MIA. Its about BARBADOS not a Political party . i am quite sure if or when she get in office and find out that little or nothing can be done on all fronts , all will be blame on the DLP . All we will hear is ” the last admiinistration is the root of all the hardships” .


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