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UWI students want more funding for tertiary education

President of the Guild of Students at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Olvine Holas today made a strong plea to regional governments to put more money into financing tertiary education for their citizens.

Holas said the primary concern of students government body was that Caribbean governments had not grasped the importance of funding education for young people.

As a result, he reminded regional leaders that an educated youth population would be needed for the continued development of the Caribbean.   

From left, Vice President of the Guild Jassem Phillip, President Olvine Holas and Public Relations Officer Kayrel Edwards.
From left, Vice President of the Guild Jassem Phillip, President Olvine Holas and Public Relations Officer Kayrel Edwards.

“It is really nerve-racking and heartbreaking sometimes when you hear some Barbadian students say, ‘boy, I really want to get this degree but I can’t afford it, my parents or my guardian have lost their job’, and they just find difficulties making ends meet,” Holas said at a press conference this morning at the grouping’s conference room.

He made reference to Dominican students who had found it difficult to cope following the passage last year of Tropical Storm Erika, which caused an estimated EC$500 million in damage and killed over 20 people.

Holas was thankful to the University of the West Indies administration for working with those Dominican students, allowing them to continue their classes until the government in Roseau and administration reached an understanding.

“But all in all, one of the major challenges faced by our students is support from their governments, and I really want to encourage the government, not just in Barbados but across the region, to commit more towards supporting the region’s students in terms of seeking their higher education,” Holas said.

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