Foolish noise!

Minister of Education Ronald Jones has dismissed as simply “foolish noise” the latest reports surrounding the Government’s decision to stop meeting tuition fees for University of the West Indies students, effective this September.

Addressing an awards ceremony for the Young Democrats Educational Grant Programme last evening, Jones complained bitterly that some people seemed only bent on creating confusion, instead of giving the new payment scheme a chance to work.

“This is the first time I’ve seen so many hungry people beating at the door of the University of the West Indies [asking], ‘Wait them got three people in there, or them ain’t got none? Tell me, let me create confusion in the place’.

“That’s what they do. And I ain’t going to apologize for saying that,” the Minister added.

In an apparent reference to recent media reports, which have quoted campus sources as indicating a drastic decline in student enrolment for the 2014/2015 academic year, as a result of the Government’s new policy, the Minister of Education appealed specifically to members of the media to “let the place live and settle down”.

“ I said it! You can write it down. Let the place settle down!” he stressed, complaining that “every day, for the past three or four weeks, they have been calling the University of the West Indies [inquiring about], ‘How much you got in Social Sciences? You got four people in Humanities? . . . All kinds of foolishness!”

“Let the university go through its systems, finish the registration process. Let the Student Revolving Loan Fund do what it has to do, let us work it through, work it out. Let the university come up with models and help its students go through the system,” he insisted.

The Minister of Education said while the Government would have liked to maintain 100 per cent coverage for students, a new financing strategy had become critical when its tuition payments ballooned to more than $200 million annually.

He said the ruling Democratic Labour Party administration, which had introduced free tertiary education under the leadership of the late Errol Barrow back in the 1960s, was not trying to kick down the ladder. However, he warned that continuing to pay the full coverage for students in 2014 would be tantamount to foolishly burying one’s head in a deep hole.

“You put yourself at the bottom of the hole and you pulling in mud on yourself. That doesn’t make any sense,” said Jones.

He further warned that had the Government persisted with the free tertiary education policy, “the hospital would have closed, [the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic] would have been on its last legs. We would have had to cut the [Barbados Community College] by 50 per cent.

“These are the realities,” he said.

In recent days, Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has been among those warning Government not to abolish free tertiary education at this time, saying the move will not only adversely affect countless students, but the development of the UWI and the country as a whole.

 

27 Responses to Foolish noise!

  1. Badd Hombre
    Badd Hombre August 31, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    For a big minister and an grown man.. He behaves so ‘uhmunish’ as my granny used to say.

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  2. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne August 31, 2014 at 3:38 pm

    What he really talking is bare foolish noise too.

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  3. Horace Boyce
    Horace Boyce August 31, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    I hate to hear dis jack ass

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  4. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne August 31, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Now look, I gone.

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  5. Beverley Hunte-Springer
    Beverley Hunte-Springer August 31, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Mr minister, talk yuh talk.

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  6. Frank Fowler
    Frank Fowler August 31, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    It’s good to see a caption that captures him so well

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  7. Princess Tiny Neferua
    Princess Tiny Neferua August 31, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    OMG…..he’s at it again ???????

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  8. Lorraine Lewis
    Lorraine Lewis August 31, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    …why is it that every time someone says something he is so dismissive. What’s wrong with this man….you mean you can’t have an opinion now….sick of his cantankerous behaviour and attitude…..

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  9. Denton Crichlow
    Denton Crichlow August 31, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    He is a CPC

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  10. Ayo August 31, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    Wait! the minister knows that school starts tomorrow?? Settle down when?! The only foolish noise is the one they keeping. And yes we bound to be hungry if them getting fat off we backs!!!

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  11. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne August 31, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    Yall ppl so sickening always complaining but can’t get the job the man doing done, yall don’t hv a blasted clue where or how to start

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    • Prince Shepheard
      Prince Shepheard September 1, 2014 at 8:04 am

      its the right of the ppl to complain ,slavery dun

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    • Chris Kinkaid
      Chris Kinkaid September 1, 2014 at 8:37 am

      Prince Shepheard And the ppl have spoken… they cuss the man everyday in the vilest manner so he’s just exercising his right to speak as well. Why should he be any different to you? Bajans dumb and unmannerly as hell being a minister in government suppose to make a difference?

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  12. Ron Murr
    Ron Murr September 1, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Lolololol… this man is hilarious!!!!

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  13. Veronica Straker
    Veronica Straker September 1, 2014 at 12:49 am

    This man needs a muzzle.

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  14. Greitcha Smith
    Greitcha Smith September 1, 2014 at 3:02 am

    Yes Minister lmao!

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  15. Beverley St John
    Beverley St John September 1, 2014 at 3:21 am

    This is the likes of who represents Barbados?! and in the Education Department?! Geez! Very scary!

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  16. Cheryl A Rollins
    Cheryl A Rollins September 1, 2014 at 5:28 am

    Why don’t he choose stand up comedy as a career? The man is a joker!!!! He was elevated to minister but has an IQ of a 16 year old! shut up already!

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  17. Corey Worrell
    Corey Worrell September 1, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I hope we as barbadians open our eyes to what is happening in this country and where we may be in years to come.

    Taxes, more taxes and cuts hasn’t solved the problem yet we continue to use them. Is this the most innovative plan our government has created to generate revenue (smh)

    What will happen if this initiative of making citizens pay there tuition cost doesn’t work: what next making BCC,
    SJPP and Secondary School students pay?

    You did not give citizens adequate time to prepare for this payment initiative, then on top of that you hit them with a yearly Solid Waste Tax, prior to that there was an increase in water rates and VAT plus other taxes and higher cost of living, mind you with no increase in salaries and creating an enormous debt for our children, grand children and us to pay. Furthermore, people being sent home to deal with the financial horrors that await them

    Sorry Minister, we don’t have time to let it ‘settle and give it time to work’

    This government has taken away that one thing that set us apart, that one thing that many parents wanted to see their children receive.

    My heart burns for my country

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  18. Corey Worrell
    Corey Worrell September 1, 2014 at 9:20 am

    I hope we as barbadians open our eyes to what is happening in this country and where we may be in years to come.

    Taxes, more taxes and cuts hasn’t solved the problem yet we continue to use them. Is this the most innovative plan our government has created to generate revenue (smh)

    What will happen if this initiative of making citizens pay there tuition cost doesn’t work: what next making BCC,
    SJPP and Secondary School students pay?

    You did not give citizens adequate time to prepare for this payment initiative, then on top of that you hit them with a yearly Solid Waste Tax, prior to that there was an increase in water rates and VAT plus other taxes and higher cost of living, mind you with no increase in salaries and creating an enormous debt for our children, grand children and us to pay. Furthermore, people being sent home to deal with the financial horrors that await them

    Sorry Minister, we don’t have time to let it ‘settle and give it time to work’

    This government has taken away that one thing that set us apart, that one thing that many parents wanted to see their children receive.

    My heart burns for my country

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  19. jr smith September 1, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Bajans are to be blame for the state of the island, most people sat back seeing varying parts of the business economy deteorating and allow the stupud saying ,bajans are very laid back ,which means they never try or plan on coming forward.
    The chickens are home to roost, there is not a free ticket to education in the so call demoratic world. families in barbados are struggling, they want to keep up with the joneses,but the joneses never really existed. people must learn to live within their means.
    These same education issues,arose in the UK, people are graduating from universities in debt of £30,000 to £40,000 because of student loans.
    Barbados is not unique anymore to the individual well being of education. Bajans we are now in the grown up world of trade and commerce, playing in the big leagues. so like it or lump it. get you all fingers out and make a move on.

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  20. Eton Thompson
    Eton Thompson September 1, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    When I was at UWI I was hungry too.

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  21. Rickie Nurse September 2, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Every time the citizens of this country cry out or speak out on issues that are affecting them immediately or in the very near future, these wreached criminals that called themselves the government continue to belittle you with their blackguardish behaviour and language, then turn around and tell you to give their rediculous policies a chance and time to work.

    Helloooooooooo! are you all that bent on putting this country in an early grave that no kind of resurrection will be able to awaken it?

    The people are not complaining or crying out for the sake of it, we are hurting more than you all care to acknowledge. The one thing that the poorest man at the bottom of the pit believed and knew was his children’s way out of abject poverty, was the acquisition of a sound University education, which you are now yanking and kicking away from them to be attainable.

    Take heed and note this Freundel, Chris, Donville, Ronald and all you other minions, there is a price that you WILL have to pay and repay to the people, not much more will be tolerated without consequences, a word to the wise, if you all believe yourselves to be wise.

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