Fresh call issued to students to protest tuition payments

A public school teacher has suggested that students at every level of the education system walk out of the classroom come September and protest Government’s decision to stop paying tuition fees for students at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

Reverend Charles Morris, a long-time educator at the Combermere School, is vehemently opposed to the move which has seen UWI students having to foot the tuition portion of their university education bill for the first time.

The outspoken cleric warned that the decision would lead to chaos and destroy the island’s social fabric.

“You are creating a society where you are going to have uneducated, hopeless people, because that is your biggest problem when you have no hope. Right now this system is putting people in a lot of despair and you are creating a situation where poor, black Barbadians will not be able to move up the social ladder,” he cautioned in an interview with Barbados TODAY.

As he made yet another controversial call, Morris argued that the dismantling of free education must be a matter of concern for students at all levels since their future is now under threat.

The Anglican cleric also suggested that the move would result in an increase in crime since more people would be uneducated.

What’s more, Morris predicted, more children would abandon school.

“You are going to have more dropouts at secondary school too. A number of people will realise that when they come to school their parents can’t afford university so they will say ‘I just going through school, what is the sense of remaining in school to get a certificate to go and cut grass when I can stop now and go and cut grass?’ We are educating our people to be dunce by this policy.”

Insisting that the late Sir Grantley Adams and not Errol Barrow was the mastermind behind free education, Morris said that move propelled the island and its people to development.

“This freeness allowed working class persons to be able to be doctors, to be lawyers, to be teachers, to be accountants, to be in all the major professions. So what Grantley Adams rightly did was to invest in the greatest resource Barbados has and education was also used as an economic entity. You were not just educated for Barbados, you were educated for the world and we benefited economically because some of these people who studied abroad were able to remit to Barbados.”


21 Responses to WALK OUT!

  1. Francis Blackman-StJohn
    Francis Blackman-StJohn August 22, 2014 at 5:57 am

    De man is on point

  2. Rusty Ralph
    Rusty Ralph August 22, 2014 at 6:34 am

    Exactly where and when did Sir Grantley Adams invest in free education. If Mr Morris has the evidence he needs to bring it to light and let the history books be rewritten.

    • Ron Murr
      Ron Murr August 22, 2014 at 9:23 am

      He really should Rusty. Parliament documents, education act, etc. It’s about time Bajans know the full story.

  3. Carl Harper August 22, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Charles Morris: “This freeness allowed working class persons to be able to be doctors, to be lawyers….”

    Mr Morris don’t feel so badly for the students in the faculties of medicine and law having to pay their own tuition fees. From all indications that elite crop has been the least affected by the new tuition policy. As a matter of fact, the enrollment increased slightly in one area when compared to other faculties that have seen a dramatic decline in numbers.

    Maybe those law and medicine students are the ones a UWI lecturer and columnist refer to as showing up on campus with cheque-signing, SUV-driving parents.

    But Mr Morris, you don’t seem afraid of the Ministry of Education coming after you this time for inciting students to protest and civil disobedience. Remember what they did to you when you called this DLP administration “the worse government in history”.

  4. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock August 22, 2014 at 6:39 am

    He has a good point but the students don’t have the balls to protest.

  5. Tony Webster August 22, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Dimly, faintly, through the looking-glass, I recall that my parents (only one of whom was gainfully-employed) managed to raise five children. I particularly remember the financial stress when we produced our “list-of-text-bools” to my parents. Even one of these, (then printed in the U.K.) equated to the cost of a pair of english leather-shoes. The start-of-term costs included the usual uniforms; shoes, pens and such paraphernalia and my father undesrstandably went prematurely grey.
    BTW, he also had to pay school-fees. Plus daily lunch-money. Did I mention we went prematurely grey? BTW no.2: He managed, somehow, to put all five of us through both primary and secondary school. God Bless and keep you, dad. Greatest dad (sorry, magician) in the world.

  6. Narine Suckoo
    Narine Suckoo August 22, 2014 at 7:00 am

    Some people so bran washed. Yeah you pay for everything if you was big country USA and can afford to find jobs etc but bajans accustomed being taken care of. Everything blaming on recession but yet allyuh DLP had 6yrsin and can’t fix dem issues. Its really a shame in Barbados how people or I should say loyalists of DLP who are mostly family to the bosses and dem does get tek care of would cuss the rest of de population down. DLP IS WHO RUN DOWN BARBADOS, simple.

  7. Cecille White
    Cecille White August 22, 2014 at 7:17 am

    I totally agree , my country Barbados is at 100%. Literacy rate, so what are they trying to do now. Here in the U.S.A. we have to pay but I will applause my Country.

  8. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony August 22, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Sorry folks the free ride is over!!!!

  9. Barker Antony
    Barker Antony August 22, 2014 at 8:24 am

    The concept of free education at University level was not designed to last forever and some point it had to stop, we have no problem buying $3600 dollar costumes, $1700 phones etc put have a serious problem investing in one’s self. This or any other government does not owe you a free living!!!!!

    • Marcus Foster
      Marcus Foster August 22, 2014 at 11:44 am

      Are students buying $3600.00 costumes ?

    • Barker Antony
      Barker Antony August 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

      u might be surprised!!

    • Barker Antony
      Barker Antony August 22, 2014 at 11:56 am

      Or do you defined a student as an individual who is not working.

    • Karin Russell
      Karin Russell August 22, 2014 at 1:26 pm

      Mr. Anthony I don’t believe the problem with most people is with paying for their education, it is with the manner the implementation was done and the time it was chosen to do it. Imagine the gov’t just sent home 3000+ people, majority of whom were studying themselves,not to mention their children, the banks and credit unions are refusing to give loans, the SRLF is actually quite useless because they won’t give any money unless you have guarantors who then, themselves must qualify according to their standards, not to mention the fact that the average Barbadian is on the lower points of the Richter scale socially speaking so therefore WILL NOT qualify. Based on what I have pointed out thus far and believe me that is not even the entire picture, how then can you agree to what the DLP Administration is doing?

  10. Sue Donym August 22, 2014 at 9:07 am

    Come on, Rev. Don’t treat the students like sheep. Exactly what is the plan? Walk out from your education to protest that you need education?
    Like the gov’t, you seem not to have thought this through. Might it not be better to protest outside of classroom hours? Will they also protest against (a) the systematic denial of teaching time by teachers who absent themselves, (b) those who just show up but don’t teach or maybe (c) those who do a minimum in class time so as not to be actually accused of not teaching, but make a killing on ‘lessons’ on and off school premises?

    • Sue Donym Brit August 22, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Well said Sue Donym I could not have put it better myself…You hit the nail on the head!

  11. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield August 22, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Everyone need to walk out on EVERYTHING all the atrocities around here .People don’t know half the nonsense that going on around here

  12. Marcus Foster
    Marcus Foster August 22, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Walk out! this is gonna divide the country even more, The haves and have nots.

  13. jr smith August 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm

    here we go again , bajans are not looking at the world, times have changed, the chickens are home roosting. wake up look across the seas and view the world. The so call developed are even struggling to support education.
    We just cannot afford the free ride anymore, the objective to encourage more overseas students to take they education in barbados,
    There was always parents paying for private education in barbados , they would be some not affording the higher levels but they suppose to be in place plan to help,by government.
    Come to the UK, its not free , try Canada, not free and the US the same.
    This teacher,should be suspended ,and never allowed to teach in barbados again.

  14. Cloverleaf August 22, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I see alot of naive comments posted for this article and some Bajans need to wake up and demand more from this lackluster government. Let’s get this straight, primary, secondary and tertiary education are not free in Barbados. We the working class citizens pay taxes every month to support the education, health, transportation and garbage collection systems in this country. This is why we have one of the highest if not the highest levels of taxation in the region to fund those services. Those ministries were never meant to be or can ever be revenue earners for the economy, that is for other sectors such as sugar, tourism, offshore, the manufacturing sector and so on. You cannot compare Barbados to the USA, Europe and Canada and reason because they can’t fund Education, Barbados shouldn’t either. We as a small island and small open economy do not have natural resources and therefore our biggest resource is our people which is why we need to continue funding education, health and transportation to make sure the ordinary Bajan has a solid base to build on and contribute to the society. Any government ministers who cannot provide these services should resign IMMEDIATELY and give the job to someone who will make sure that the people of Barbados are invested in and steer to this country back to a period of growth and not decline. Therefore, my fellow Barbadians stop the silly rants of a free ride (that never existed) is over and demand more from your elected ministers.

  15. Brimstone August 22, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    The plot thickens. Head aint brain, only housing,,,,,,,, we cannot afford to pay a Jamaican miscreant, nor Barrack, nor UWI for the last couple years, so where is the reserve to pay this bill ??????

    The old women of long ago took what money was available in the household and sent some six kids from primary to university level, using a system they called “cut and contrive” or “managing de few coppers”.

    Today’s parents want everything FREE for education. The poor primary school teachers use their money to buy books and pencils which parents wont do, but can send the kids to school in the best chains and damage gear. Some parents rather than look to utilize surplus funds for education at college/university level they agree to and supply the latest in electronic gadgets, not limited to the most expensive phones.

    Some students need to ask their parents if they have repaid the student revolving loan fund for themselves. there is a debt of some $29M. Morris needs to also understand that we are churning out these degree individuals who are also questionable.
    1: There is a cost, who pays ????
    2: He wants it free, yet these individuals are usually lazy and spend 8 – 9 years instead oh 5 years. Additional waste of revenue and resources. Jumping from faculty to faculty.
    3: A great portion of students are public servants. They use college as an excuse to be away from and/or do as little work as possible. This is double stealing taxpayers money, since in most cases the taxpayer does not benefit from the supposed knowledge they received. Oh !! before I forget, they then comment, that they have their paper and need to be paid for it….
    4: A college degree in the USA cost approx: US$50K……we need to pay
    5: Solution—— develop a degree level of hardship per family based on SALARIES per household and the poor children will automatically qualify. It would be people like Morris who would have to pay. During our forefathers time, there wre 80% performers and 20% talkers inclusive of politicians, the inverse is now true. 80% talkers and 20% performers.

    God help us or the IMF will…….


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