Tuition fees still a concern

It may not be a major talking point at the moment but tuition cost remains a sore subject for the Guild of Students at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus.

Dalano Dasouza President, Guild of Students, UWI Cave Hill Campus.
Dalano Dasouza President, Guild of Students, UWI Cave Hill Campus.

“This year we are not hearing as much commentary about it this year as maybe we did last year, but the effect is there; we can see from the reduction in enrolment,” Guild president Dalano Dasouza told Barbados TODAY.

The new semester starting September marks two years since Government imposed tuition fees on students attending the campus.

Back in 2013 Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler announced that beginning academic year 2014/2015 students would have to pay 20 per cent of their tuition costs while Government would continue to pay all of the economic costs.

“This policy will reduce the transfer to UWI by an estimated $42 million a year,” Sinckler said in his budget presentation.

However a year after its introduction Dasouza revealed that this remained a sore point as it had led to a huge dip in enrolment.

“Maybe they are grumbling silently but I think a lot of them have resolved themselves that they will wait another year or two, or taking a break before coming back, or before embarking on the task of university education and that’s a concern for us . . . Because education is one clear way to upward mobility and social mobility in this life and it is something that we always encourage in terms of upliftment of our population. So it remains a concern for us at the Guild,” he explained.

He revealed that the Guild was not resting on its laurels and was trying to help “would-be students or prospective students” financially.

“ We are giving away $20 000 this year in tuition grants to students . . . We are aware that this is just but a drop in the bucket but of course it is within our resources and we are trying to help,” he added. (FW)

3 Responses to Tuition fees still a concern

  1. harry turnover September 4, 2015 at 7:12 am

    Look it is time wunna stop grumbling . Every body must play a role in restoring the economy so who is wunna that can’t hold on for 3 or 4 years UNTIL THINGS IMPROVE.
    There are MANY WORKING people out there who haven’t had a pay increase for SIX years or more yet they WORK diligently and in doing so help to maintain the economy so that people like wunna could continue to enjoy some of the services that wunna now enjoy.
    Most a wunna don’t pay taxes,yet want WORKING CLASS people to work for next kin to nuttin to help educate you so that and in the end when some of you graduate most of you could go overseas and laugh at the BAJANS who educate wunna.

  2. Alex Alleyne September 4, 2015 at 8:50 am

    This is what happen when you are fed on a diet of “freeness’ . Sir , nothing last forever.

  3. Dianne Barker
    Dianne Barker September 4, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Where will the money come from to sustain this notion? We are given primary and secondary education for free. It is time we pay for tertiary education. The economy of the island is in the toilets and we still want everything for free. This situation is highly untenable. Yes, I know some will say that is why we pay taxes but everyone who works pay taxes and it is not everyone’s kids can go to UWI. So people it is not what the country can do for you, rather what you can do for the country.


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