Student Guild says PM’s response was unfortunate

The University of the West Indies (UWI) Guild of Students has expressed disappointment over Prime Minister Freundel Stuart’s response to its recent letter of concern, dated January 23.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart

The letter, which was shared with members of the media earlier today states in part: “Sir, as I pen this letter, the student roll of my University campus has fallen to just above 4,000 students, from 9,000 in the previous year. This is important as Cave Hill boasts almost 2,000 regional and international students, which admittedly has also declined.  However, it is nothing short of alarming and disappointing that almost half of my campus is now non Barbadian, not due to growth, but decline. Sir, what my public has witnessed therefore is a magnificent breach of promise, of agreement and of word.”

The letter adds, “The Guild of Students has been a responsible organization throughout this exercise.  We have stated our philosophical position on free education; we have stated our divergent policy positions on this matter; we have provided solutions based on a comprehensive understanding of the University system and how your policy might be more effectively adopted, but our views have not be sufficiently consulted and further the measure maybe considered draconian.”

In the two page letter, the Guild also expressed concern that Government had held “little consultation” with them.

“Respectfully, Prime Minister, I must request your offices most urgent intervention into this matter, to restore confidence, to provide stability and to speak to the people on the way forward.

Sir, if we cannot have a response from your office which provides the student body with confidence, and with comfort, then I shall have no choice but to seek a mandate from the general body of students at our Annual General Meeting on February 11, 2015, and to follow its commands.  I trust this situation will not arise and look forward to your response. As always, I am,” said the letter, signed by President Damani Parris.

However, speaking at a press conference today, Parris said the letter had merely sought to make the country’s leader aware of the concerns of the student body.

He therefore felt it was “unfortunate” that the Prime Minister had described it as “threatening” during a recent lunchtime lecture put on by his ruling Democratic Labour Party (DLP) on February 6.

9 Responses to Student Guild says PM’s response was unfortunate

  1. Ryan Henry
    Ryan Henry February 19, 2015 at 6:41 am

    Him becoming prime minister was just as unfortunate as well but we put them there.

  2. Dan Vaughn
    Dan Vaughn February 19, 2015 at 6:52 am

    When a person is inept any request from the ppl when urgent is alway deemed threatening

  3. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie February 19, 2015 at 7:37 am

    There’s no such thing as free education ….someone has to PAY!

  4. Carson C. Cadogan February 19, 2015 at 8:14 am

    A very disrespectful and threatening piece of correspondence indeed. Damani Parris needs to know his place.

    This letter has shades of the Barbados Labour Party.

  5. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams February 19, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    I agree. The acting PM is acting out of some inability to understand the common man.

  6. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce February 19, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    The man said he ain’t moving. Which part of the sentence wanna don’t understand?

  7. Huey Newton
    Huey Newton February 19, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    It is unfortunate that people paid to educate all you entitled jackasses.

  8. Huey Newton February 19, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    Your leader is acting like a leader. Y’all need to act like you educated. That boy is out of place. Damani Parris does not even get students listening to him. Yet he craves the audience of the Prime Minister? I don’t owe Damani a cent to educate him. Every other kid in the real world has to pay their way and these entitled upstarts We ain’t seeing the return on the investment anyhow.

  9. rob February 20, 2015 at 3:01 am

    last para of letter says what ?


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