No university fees if BLP wins, Humphrey vows

The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has given a strong hint that it will reverse the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government’s decision to have Barbadian’s pay tuition fees for their university education.

BLP candidate for St Michael South Kirk Humphrey told a constituency branch meeting over the weekend that the children of the poor should never have to pay for their education.

BLP candidate for St Michael South Kirk Humphrey

Government introduced tuition fees for university education at the start of the 2014/2015 academic year, and University of the West Indies officials have since blamed a dramatic drop in enrolment on the fees.

Humphrey said he empathized with those who were forced to drop out of school or defer post secondary education because they could not afford it, backing up his empathy with a story of his own hard times while attending university in the 1990s after his mother had lost her job as a bus conductor during the Erskine Sandiford (now Sir Lloyd) administration.   

“When I was at university in 1990s it was a very hard time . . .  you know when the Dems come in they send home all the conductors [after] Sandiford made the promise nobody wasn’t going home, and then months after the elections nuff people went home [along with] eight per cent  cuts [in public servants’ salaries].

“My mother was in that period and I spent a year home looking for a job. I wrote every single application to every single place under the sun, to hear, ‘I’m sorry they are no vacancies’, and because my mother was unable to pay for me during my years at university, I had to struggle. I will never forget it. Nobody should have to go through that,” he stated.

While providing no supporting evidence, Humphrey charged that the abolition of free university education was a long time in coming, claiming that the DLP intended to introduce fees as far back as the 1990s.

He also accused ruling party parliamentarians of shutting the door of opportunity for Barbadians after they benefitted from free education, and described their support for the imposition of the fees as “the depths of the hypocrisy”.

  Humphrey again hinted strongly that the BLP would correct what he saw as an obvious wrong.

“This is Grantley Adams’ party,” he said of the BLP.

“When this party emerged in 1938 it was not in good times. If times were good times there would be no Barbados Labour Party. The BLP was birthed in the hardest of times,” he stressed. 

Source: (KH)

13 Responses to No university fees if BLP wins, Humphrey vows

  1. Smith Maxine
    Smith Maxine October 19, 2016 at 1:44 am

    Why not and how will govetnment afford it?

  2. Charles Alleyne
    Charles Alleyne October 19, 2016 at 3:34 am

    This is the way to go out young people are the furor and they deserved a chance .Why give all these companies and individuals all these concessions and do invest in your prize asset.It is not going to cost the government anything because these same students will give back while working and creating businesses and paying taxes.I will speak more on this important issue

  3. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce October 19, 2016 at 3:50 am

    First on the agenda Health Service, followed by WATER shortage get all the pipes replaced, Garbage Collection, Work Ethic, introduce a register for sex offenders, food banks, no tax on food, get rid of transport board buses and replace them with mini buses as wunna can’t find skilled mechanics and parts to fix the BIG bus, ban the use of mobile phones on the school premises, help the aged in the community, introduce national service for the youth, zero tolerence for gun crime, revamp Oistins, Speightstwon, Holetown with entertainment that will attract tourist & citizens, heavy fines on the spot: for trying to drive off the island, no one insurance, MOT and Tax, introduce car sharing.

  4. Hal Austin October 19, 2016 at 4:00 am

    If the BLP does that it will be irresponsible and backward looking.,

  5. BaJan boy October 19, 2016 at 6:56 am

    Hal Austin you are to dumb to understand the reasoning.

    • Sherlock Holmes. October 20, 2016 at 11:03 am

      You are so blinded my your political biases, you really believe what he is saying has any merit?

  6. Carson C Cadogan October 19, 2016 at 7:49 am

    This is nothing more than vote catching.

    UWI students ALWAYS used to pay fees, even under the BLP administration.

  7. Sunshine Sunny Shine October 19, 2016 at 12:02 pm


  8. BaJan boy October 19, 2016 at 1:12 pm

    Don’t expect anything better from from the Carson C Cadogan the DEMS freeness got he good..he still enjoying what’s left to f the fatted calf..

    • Sherlock Holmes. October 19, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      This is truly laughable.

  9. Thomas October 20, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Carson, if you are saying that UWI students always paid fees then why is it such a big deal that students were recently asked to pay such an increase in fees? Why was there such a large decline in the number of people who signed up for university after the introduction of fees? Why across Barbados so many young people, in the middle of their studies at UWI, are now home figuring out next steps? What UWI students were asked to pay was a drop in the bucket compared to what they are asked to pay now. Get serious.
    When i read the article i do not see that the young man said no fees, that is the heading by the journalist, it seems he said “the children of the poor should never have to pay for their education”. The same thing that Barrow said, Arthur said and Stuart said (though Stuart has since changed his mind) .

    • Carson C Cadogan October 20, 2016 at 10:48 am

      Even Prof. Nigel Harris had said on more than one public occasion that Bajan students ought to be paying more of their fair share of fees for their University education.

      A lot Bajans it would seem are very interested in University education, but if it is being paid for by someone else.

      University students from other Caribbean Islands have to pay 100% for their studies at UWI. Bajan students have to pay 10% of the cost of their studies yet there is a falloff in registration of Bajan students.

      Too many Bajans egg on by the Barbados Labour Party now feel that everything must be FREE or they are not interested. This mindset is now being felt across the spectrum here in Barbados.

  10. Carson C Cadogan October 20, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    “….Government introduced tuition fees for university education at the start of the 2014/2015 academic year”

    And another thing too, this article is misleading.

    First the headline says,”No university fees if BLP wins, ” a definitive statement. Meaning that Bajan students will not have to pay any fees.

    Then in paragraph one the writer says, “The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has given a strong hint that it will reverse the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) Government’s decision to have Barbadian’s pay tuition fees for their university education.” meaning that there is a POSSIBILITY that fees at UWI MIGHT be waived.

    Which is it?

    On the one hand the writer says that it is definite and one the other hand the writer says that there is a possibility.

    Also to say that Govt. introduced fees in 2014/2015 is incorrect. Students always had to pay fees. If this writer had attended the Cave Hill campus he or she would know this. What the Govt. did is to make Bajan student pay a more realistic fee for their University education.

    The news media ought to educate not mislead its readers.

    If this writer was in Mr. Coldston class at Wesley Hall School he or she would have been sent to stand in a corner.


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