So sad!

Sir Hilary let down by certain graduates

Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal Sir Hilary Beckles today said the Cave Hill Campus has fallen victim in its jubilee year to an “unprecedented tongue-lashing in the public’s space”.

Delivering remarks during the presentation of a natural gas car to the campus, Sir Hilary did not hide his disappointment, while stating that graduates of the university were the chief offenders.

“I must confess that I was very much concerned that the University of the West Indies in Barbados, while celebrating its 50th year of service to this country and region, received an unprecedented tongue-lashing in the public’s space and that has not been lost on me.

“It did not happen in our 30th year, it did not happen in our 40th year, it happened in our golden year, and that is very significant, and the historians will have a lot to say about that in the years to come,” Sir Hilary said.

“It is a very significant point that you should receive your greatest tongue-lashing on your own jubilee by your own graduates. It’s a sad situation but we are going to soldier on; we are going to keep pressing on,” he stressed.

The principal did not identify anyone by name, but he did make a point of saying that while Government had cut its funding to the institution, the university had prospered over the years, largely from relationships with the private sector.

He stressed that the university would continue to make its contribution to the country and region while referring to a report published by the campus two months ago, which he described as “a brilliant piece of economic analysis that demonstrated the tremendous impact Cave Hill as an enterprise made on the Barbados economy”.

The principal reminded that the analysis showed that the Cave Hill Campus alone generated $200 million of activity in the economy, and on average in the last ten years, between $70 and $80 million in foreign exchange.

“You are aware that that report was described by persons who should know better as propaganda and as public relations for an institution that needs public relations,” he said.

“If you are a citizen of society that dismisses facts, dismisses the truth, then you would realize that the quality of conversation within the society has diminished. No society can promote its interest either on an economic front, the social or the cultural front in such an environment,” he warned.

“At the moment, the environment in the society is in need of addressing. The environment is not only natural; the environment is intellectual, it is pedagogical and we need to improve
the quality of development,” he said.

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9 Responses to So sad!

  1. Santini More
    Santini More October 22, 2014 at 6:57 am

    Something is wrong when UWI are churning out the type of graduates that are currently occupying Parliament here in Barbados, and are bringing this country to its knees. Something has gone horribly wrong!

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  2. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis October 22, 2014 at 7:35 am

    your looking at one of the main reasons

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  3. Rawle Maycock
    Rawle Maycock October 22, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I’m one that’s mostly disappointed with most of the exclamations of the past graduans.

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  4. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne October 22, 2014 at 9:46 am

    UWI was good for them as part of the ladder to reach the dizzying heights of Barbadian society, now they have concluded that the space up there is limited. So, burn the ladder. Nothing wrong with UWI, its them. Black Barbadian history is littered with many examples of such behavior.

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  5. Gail-Selina S. Hewitt-Clarke
    Gail-Selina S. Hewitt-Clarke October 22, 2014 at 11:36 am

    Yep UWI grads are really upset, now they have to pay tuition for their children. Didn’t you see this coming? I did!! All of the money UWI pumped into the economy doesn’t mean much to folks, when you are hurting them in their personal pocketbooks!

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  6. Charles Alleyne
    Charles Alleyne October 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Sir Hillary you are a visionary and continue to hold your head high, because you have done well with this great institution,Barbados and the wider Carribbean .Let them continue to bite the hand that fed them but continue to press forward because you have a vision and it is strong.Sir Hillary you understand the economic,social and environmental make up of our Caribbean.The UWI will continue to move forward strong despite the setbacks and would find ways to help our young people who find themselves thrown out to the wolves.God will continue to bless this great institution to go on.

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  7. Rickie Nurse October 23, 2014 at 12:17 am

    I am tired of trying to be politically correct on the social media all the time, call a spade a spade.

    The tongue lashing has come from the UWI graduates that now makes up this present ruling administration and the cronies that are getting their little cutbacks on the side.

    The ones who some how after being rejected by the populace, can still find themselves in administrative and commanding positions, relative to being a government.

    This is the “crab in the bucket mentality”, the “cow that gives the milk then kick the bucket over mentality”, the ” I already have mine so I don’t care” mentality of those in a position of governance.

    They have used the ladder of progression and success to reach the heights that they have now attained, but are now purposely breaking out the steps of the ladder, that others will not be able to reach those same heights.

    Sir Hilary, keep speaking your mind and holding your head high, I only wished that you were in a position to openly call the names of the OFENDERS, but that’s ok, ALL of us already know who they are.

    The most regrettable and insulting thing is, they have the gall to openly say that they were raised by poor and some by singled parents, who without the institution of free secondary and tertiary education, they would not have been able to attend the same UWI. God is not mock and he certainly does not sleep.

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  8. Rickie Nurse October 23, 2014 at 12:22 am

    I am tired of trying to be politically correct on the social media all the time, call a spade a spade.
    The tongue lashing has come from the UWI graduates that now makes up this present ruling administration and the cronies that are getting their little cutbacks on the side.

    The ones who some how after being rejected by the populace, can still find themselves in administrative and commanding positions, relative to being a government.
    This is the “crab in the bucket mentality”, the “cow that gives the milk then kick the bucket over mentality”, the ” I already have mine so I don’t care” mentality of those in a position of governance.

    They have used the ladder of progression and success to reach the heights that they have now attained, but are now purposely breaking out the steps of the ladder, that others will not be able to reach those same heights.

    Sir Hilary, keep speaking your mind and holding your head high, I only wished that you were in a position to openly call the names of the OFENDERS, but that’s ok, ALL of us already know who they are.
    The most regrettable and insulting thing is, they have the gall to openly say that they were raised by poor and some by singled parents, who without the institution of free secondary and tertiary education, they would not have been able to attend the same UWI. God is not mock and he certainly does not sleep.

    Reply

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