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Broomes backs DLP on tertiary education

Even with enrolment at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus on the decline, a former principal who supported Government’s decision to stop paying tuition fees for Barbadian students is sticking by his position that it was a wise move.

Jeff Broomes has insisted that Barbadians must help pay their way after being given a hand up by Government.

He addressed the issue as he delivered the Democratic Labour Party’s lunchtime lecture on Contemporary Challenges to Barbadian Education.

Since September 2014, students have been required to pay their own tuition fees, which account for 20 per cent of a UWI education, while government continued to pay the larger 80 per cent in economic costs. University officials have reported a drop in enrolment figures since then.

“We were spent on, and we must now pay back,” Broomes said, in reiterating his support for the decision. “Government does not and will never again have the resources to fully finance education in this country, but it must still be financed. The era of welfaraism has long passed, but the challenge must still be met. Our citizens must now accept that this country has done well in preparing them, and it is now their time to give back in an effort to make it that much stronger and capable to not only compete, but also win on the shrinking global stage.”

He argued that while the provision of free education from primary to tertiary level envisaged by late Prime Minister Errol Barrow was well-intended, funding education has become far too expensive for that to continue.

“We no longer focus on rote learning with blackboard and slate. Technology and other related equipment and materials now impact heavily with great costs. We are already heavily taxed but still fall short of our financial needs. This is a clear sign that Government cannot be the sole answer,” Broomes contended.

He said that Barbadians have grown accustomed to entitlements, but with Government now in more than $200 million debt to the UWI, citizens need to take their heads out of the sand. 

7 Responses to Broomes backs DLP on tertiary education

  1. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham September 17, 2016 at 4:47 am
  2. Loretta Griffith September 17, 2016 at 7:01 am

    Well said Mr Broomes. Could not have been said better! We really need to take our heads out of the clouds and be real.
    We need more persons with integrity who will speak the truth regardless of whom is offended. Nuff respect.
    We all need to stop playing politics.

  3. Sam September 17, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Barbados, why did you all turn your back’s on one of the most straight forward and direct man . I have ready his lengthy story in the media for sometime . What , He have done is one thing try to raise standards and retain what is left of our Bajan culture . He should have been give a medal or Knight hood for his efforts .
    When Bajan wake up and see what he was trying to do at Parkinson School it will be too late .

  4. Sunshine Sunny Shine September 18, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    Sorry Broomsie, but I do not agree. The government has the means to pay for full university tuition for that percentage of bajan families who cannot pay period. The equation is simple, let the rich and those in income earning brackets over 50 thousand per year pay the 20 percent required tuition fee. That would result in a significant reduction in government financial resources resulting in full tuition fees available for a smaller number.

  5. seagul September 19, 2016 at 4:23 am

    There is much merit in the words of this good man who honestly wants our economy to be a success. But the rich just doesn’t care about lifting any Gov’t up period. So heads up!

  6. Johnathan September 19, 2016 at 7:59 am

    This is a bunch of non sense and I just pray the opposition sees the wisdom in returning to paying the meager 37m annually in tuition cost to save this entire generation of young people who will be lost in the world without a tertiary education. It is fine for Jeff Broomes to say this as he got his free and so did his children. He now doesn’t have to care who else gets as he and his family are now in a position to pay for their next generation.
    One of the sad realities in our country is that if it does not affect me then you deal with it. He was literally exonerated from this Indisciplined and autocratic management of the school after this Government spent almost a million dollars just for a show and made him feel he is very important. Now is pay back time.
    Just remember all of the government members got their’s free as well so now they all join together and kick down the bucket. Sadly a few of fans who in most cases had thier’s free as well and it help them out of poverty want to give the impression they are wealthy we can pay so we don’t care who get educated.
    Hope Bajans are watching at least I know they are feeling so it is left to them not to get rid of this useless bunch.

  7. observer September 21, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Johnathan for your information both Mr Broomes and his daughter (his only child) attended University outside of Barbados. They did not benefit.


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