Sir Hilary bemoans low enrollment in tertiary education

Vice Chancellor for the University of West Indies Sir Hilary Beckles says the Caribbean has the lowest enrollment in tertiary education in the hemisphere.

“Those of you who have taken this responsibility to enter university are therefore in my judgement heroes to be celebrated for the responsibility you have taken for yourselves, your family, communities and this Caribbean region,” Sir Hillary said Friday night at the Matriculation Ceremony for 2017 enrollment.

The Vice Chancellor argued that the region’s poor economic development was directly linked to the low numbers of citizens with higher education and development.

“This region has suffered arguably more heavily than other parts of the hemisphere as a result of the economic recession of the last ten years. We have proven to be a little sluggish in terms of our response and this has a great deal to with the fact that we do not have enough citizens in the Caribbean who have professional training, skills development and higher education,” he said.

“Until the Caribbean comes to grips with the fact that the extreme levels of inequality among citizens is to be addressed and removed, we will continue to be in difficulty,” he added.

Addressing the freshmen, Sir Hilary urged them to take their education seriously and make the most of their university experience.

“This is not the time for people who are not serious. In the Caribbean, now more than ever, we need our young people to be very serious,” he said.

42 Responses to Sir Hilary bemoans low enrollment in tertiary education

  1. VoR September 3, 2017 at 11:50 am

    “The Vice Chancellor argued that the region’s poor economic development was directly linked to the low numbers of citizens with higher education and development.”

    False. There are other factors besides higher education which influence economic development. We don’t produce anything of value and most countries in the region are heavily dependent on tourism.

    Educated people also tend to flee the Caribbean once an opportunity to so presents itself.Why? Because there are very few opportunities to utilise the educational training that they may have received in the same Caribbean or elsewhere.

    “We have proven to be a little sluggish in terms of our response and this has a great deal to with the fact that we do not have enough citizens in the Caribbean who have professional training, skills development and higher education,”

    Once again false. There are lots of persons who have professional training, skills and higher education. However, as I would have mentioned above there are not enough opportunities to utilise this training and more often than not a developed nation ends up benefiting. The ones who don’t get the opportunity to leave often end up working in areas that have nothing to do with their course of study.

    The reasons for our lack of economic development go far beyond the lack of higher education. As an emminent historian who has studied the evolution of the region, Professor Beckles should know this.

  2. Sheron Inniss September 3, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    I do not agree with Sir Hillary. As far as I can see we are busy spitting out lawyers and doctors when those areas are saturated. That’s not going to take Barbados forward. We need more advancement in technology and I don’t mean the kind that some people pushing.

    I want to see locally made electric cars and whatever else is happening globally. It is happening in Africa, yet some of us still believe that Africa is suffering mass deprivation. Could not be further from the truth.

    It is what the USA and some others want us to believe. With all due respect I think your vision is cloudy on this issue Sir.

    • O. Walrond September 3, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      What do you NOT agree with? He says we have the lowest level of enrollment in higher education and that this is due to poor economic development.

      Have you got evidence to dispute that?

  3. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard September 3, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    A lot of young people is very serious, but u no what university fee is to high so a lot of people will drop out , y u do not ask them to lower the fee.

  4. Rubertha Blackman
    Rubertha Blackman September 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Am hoping you sir are not so out of touch to see that as much as working class people would love to send their children to uwi they can’t afford it. We are going to regress. Talk to the politico who benefited but kick way the ladder of free education. If it continues you might want a job soon..

    • Claire Battershield
      Claire Battershield September 3, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Like the Was person that say everyone should pay in full. All along his 3 daughters and himself benefited from the subsidised UWI.Some people feel only them should benefit and peovress while you kick down the ladder so no one can get up it

      • jennifer September 3, 2017 at 6:49 pm

        This world is laden with divisions and snares. One just need to open their eyes to see. The ladder had to be kicked down. There were too many so called educated being passed out flooding the created white man market aka servitude. All this was yet another divide from the so called middle class and the poor class. By kicking down the ladder you actually only allowing the children of the better off who can afford it to become “better off”. Leaving the ones who cannot afford it to grapple for the remaining underprivileged crumbs. That lot will automatically fall off the back of the truck.

    • Rubertha Blackman
      Rubertha Blackman September 3, 2017 at 5:05 pm

      Claire Battershield 100% correct

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba September 3, 2017 at 11:39 pm

      rub it in sister…dem ain’t only kick down the ladder, but brek up de steps

    • Ali Baba
      Ali Baba September 3, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      Claire Battershield worse tings ever… EWB there in independence square crying

  5. Veronica Wiggins
    Veronica Wiggins September 3, 2017 at 3:13 pm

    Dear Sir…… Can you please sponsor about 5 or so children who cannot afford it. Pay all their tuition.
    You’re upper class you can afford it.

  6. Michelle Griffith
    Michelle Griffith September 3, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    I would not even respond to what he is saying,because it is either he is a fool,or he trying to be funny.
    What they also need to do is get the place better organized and running properly,the run around up there to get things done is a hot mess,they are really disorganized.

    • jennifer September 3, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      @Michelle – One of the BIGGEST MISCONCEPTIONS in Barbados is that the people with the most education and degrees etc is the ones with the most sense. But one day we will find out that those people are actually the ones with the least sense overall. All of this is the set up of the said enemy. Put the idiots in charge to instill much civil obedience and they will lead the rest down the hole.

    • Cecily Jones
      Cecily Jones September 4, 2017 at 9:06 am

      I may not agree on Sir Professor Beckles’ statement but to label him a fool is extremely disrespectful, especially given his incredible efforts to turn UWI into a world class university. such an outcome can only be good for the region in that it will attract greater investments. As well, he is one of our region’s foremost historians and deserves to be recognised as such. That said, my comments aren’t intended to contradict your thoughts on the general disorganised institution that is UWI

    • Michelle Griffith
      Michelle Griffith September 4, 2017 at 9:38 am

      Where is he going with this,we all know the reasons why persons are not going or cannot afford to go too UWI and one of the main issues is people not paying/giving back,so therefore many poor people who would love to attend cannot,I had issues with this man from years ago when he was all in the media,berating Bajans for sending their children to the so called elitist schools,that is the private schools,and then he turn around and sent his,so what is good for the goose is even better for the gander,not only the privileged should be entitled,everyone should have a chance.
      Don’t have a problem with you saying what you said about him and his achievements,but that doesn’t mean that nonsense would not come out of your mouth sometimes.

  7. Roger Headley September 3, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    History will show that you have distorted Barbadian history and destroyed UWI, Cave Hill

    • jennifer September 3, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      @Roger Headley – I do not know you but I would love to have a conversation with you. Spot on. Despite what many believe this man has helped to cement this people down the rabbit hole. His perceived knowledge in HIStory has not been any help to the masses of Barbados or the wider Caribbean at all. What did brother Bob Marley say. Don’t let them school ya. And as my gran would say when you start wrong, you can only end wrong. And any one who doubt me just sit quietly without any distractions and look around Barbados actually world wide and see what I mean. And you ain’t getting out of the hole either.

  8. Liz DaSilva Vieira
    Liz DaSilva Vieira September 3, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Well we all know why.

  9. Samantha Best September 3, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Totally agree with you Michelle Griffith and the staff at UWI very unmannerly. One is paying fees and they treat you like you are begging. They should reduce the number of staff as well. It is over saturated with idiots.

    Sir Hilary brought this on all of us when he and former PM Arthur set about to get a graduate in ever household. Simple economics says when supply is high, and demand is low price drops. The two of them created an oversupply of graduates for massa causing salaries of graduates as well as an abundance of graduates to choose from. Which, by the way is unsustainable. We are now reaping the world wind.

  10. Valerie Hoyte
    Valerie Hoyte September 3, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I will ask simplify did any of you read what he said before you responded or did you just responded to the title of the article?

  11. Milli Watt September 3, 2017 at 6:09 pm

    this man invest 10 – 20 years in social sciences spitting out white mout dawgs for managers and HR low lifes to mek de place miserable but left science and technology to languish ssttuuppseee I want to know what the present enrollment is at Cave Hill and the implications for the UWI

  12. jennifer September 3, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Here is proof – Does any of our pharmacist/scientist develop any medicines for BLACK people???? (it is necessary to focus on blacks because they are different due to melanocytes), Does any of our Scientist build any machines????? Who’s laws do we follow????? ALL OF THOSE COURSES AT THE UWI is designed to produce people for SERVITUDE ONLY. NO MANUFACTURERS OR Technologist.

  13. jennifer September 3, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Too much civil agreement – we like it so. Give you a little scholarship aka a reward to send you on your way. Mind you that lot will be in the same hole under SERVITUDE TOO for a few more cookies/crumbs. We better wake up.

  14. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams September 4, 2017 at 4:56 am

    The fields of study at UWI are simply too narrow. What are you producing to help the country grow; a bunch of half-baked managers, psychologists, political analysts, limers, accountants, doctors and lawyers?

    • Jennifer September 4, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Bagged. Jokers up in dey. And the majority of this people can’t see any of this deception either.

  15. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb September 4, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Bemoans what?this is what happens when a government does not care about the poor,many of these hypocrites called politicians we’re able to get two degrees when U.W.I was affordable, now they make it hard for poor people’s kids to study at university.
    I prayer that numbers will continue to decline,so that the situation will change,nothing speaks volumes like a good hit in the pocket

  16. Leroy September 4, 2017 at 8:24 am

    All those who graduated from UWI and using their degree now for personal gain should have to pay back full tuition cost, Fruendel should be the first in line to pay.

    • Jennifer September 4, 2017 at 9:17 am

      @Leroy – hahahahahahahahaha.

  17. Ellie Brown
    Ellie Brown September 4, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Speak to your prime minister

  18. Sandy Alleyne
    Sandy Alleyne September 4, 2017 at 10:40 am

    You don’t why Sir Hillary ?

  19. Greengiant September 4, 2017 at 11:04 am

    What about those before him? Are you suddenly believing that only Stuart’s administration is at fault for our economic situation. Are you saying too that if ministers of government are only concerned about their personal gain, that those of this administration are the first or only ones to do so?

    I’m really tired of party supporters and others blinded by the failure of our two party system trying to use this medium to pull down the Son and build up the Daughter of one political parent.
    One party is dictated to by the traditionally wealthy elitist and the other by the off spring of workers who desire to be elitist. What’s the difference between the too when they have one desire? @leroy

    • Jennifer September 4, 2017 at 2:40 pm

      @GreenGiant – Now this is where you are going to run into trouble. Many of this people either have no clue of what you are saying or they just don’t want to see what you are saying. Just keeping with these redundant traditions of voting for two very GANGRENOUS PARTIES. Watch these people comments carefully. Fully blinded. It will actually take those yokes of Iron aka FETTERS, which is still very much on them to become much tighter for them to see. At this point is where there will start a true uprising. Please bear in mind that they are also very forgetful too. Keep watching.

  20. Sue Donym September 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I can find little fault with what Sir Hillary has said. In fact he is appealing to Caribbean people to use whatever tools are available to better themselves.
    I am astounded by this pasttime of attacking people who are seen as academics and intellectuals on the belief that they are profoundly stupid or snobbish because they have persued higher certification. It is as if people are so opposed to, or so unaware of the benefit of opening the mind, that the mistrust and scorn are hurled at anyone daring to admit to higher learning.

    Whether potential students think they have a sufficiently wide array of programmes is another matter. If the public think UWI doesn’t go far enough in stimulating a majority of citizens to access the offerings, another subject. How have people agitated for UWI to address this?

    Education widens one’s choices and their circle of associates. This is a totally different issue from the fact that tertiary education has become less accessible to many Caribbean persons. The observant would recall that Sir Hillary was one of those who had called upon the Barbados Government to reconsider the position on the region’s university costs to students, which is undoubtedly a big reason for the decline in registration.

  21. Donna Melissa Bynoe
    Donna Melissa Bynoe September 4, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    One reason is because you make it impossible for average students to enter higher level institutions and offer lirtle bsupports to those who may have learning dissabilies. Higher Education is not really encouraged in Secondary schools unless you attend the older elite schools which shall remain nameless. Thank God I was able to go abroad to further my studies.

    • Jennifer September 4, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      @Donna – Why do you think that Higher Education is not really encouraged in Secondary schools unless>>>>>>>>>> It is all part of the said ladder strategy. The bottom lot is for Cheffette, gas stations, supermarkets, hotels etc, The middle lot is for big John office management, book accounting, etc the top lot for the Doctors, lawyers, engineers etc Mind you there will be those falling through the cracks too, from all schools, but this is about mental harvesting and separation. This is why the schools are also set up in this manner. The plantation is now wide spread and has many positions available, but the GRANGERS are the same.

  22. Saga Boy September 4, 2017 at 5:05 pm

    Sir Hilary is out of touch with reality. He is only interested in filling the classrooms. Unfortunately he never planned anything beyond that to increase the chances of the graduates obtaining jobs. The UWI needs to teach people how to be entrepreneurs. Why do people still do courses in English and history in large numbers? The UWI has also destroyed the number of businesses that rented rooms to students by they themselves doing the same thing. They should have focused on their core competencies. Where is the innovation and new ideas? Where are the classes aimed at teaching people how to liberate themselves from this slave mentality?

    • Jennifer September 4, 2017 at 5:27 pm

      @Saga – History MUST NEVER be removed from that education curriculum. Like any tool of deception there is a missing element. The history of so called blacks will usually start in schools from Africa, this is where all the deception starts. The history must go before Africa to get any understanding at all of this people’s or their origins. This is the same gaping hole in which the said Mr Beckles has fallen through and fallen short of uplifting his people.

  23. Janet Bishop
    Janet Bishop September 4, 2017 at 5:17 pm

    What’s the point?

    • Jennifer September 4, 2017 at 6:50 pm

      As a broken black nation of people we are currently sitting on the bottom of the scrap heap of nations like old metal, waiting for crushing. The point sweetie is that unless you are aware of who you are you can NEVER move forward, or AMOUNT to being a UNIFIED PEOPLES. Although it will take us 265yrs to catch up to our oppressors at least we will learn to love our own and help out our own more, devise our own NBA, Banks, Corporations, NFL etc. Look at the state we are happy to be in within this place. OK lets turn this a bit. What is the point of learning about glorified terrorist like Christopher cologne, Amerigo Vespucci, the buccaneers, Napoleon, the friars, Francis Drake etc???? The missing link is why did these people seek to enslave this particular set of people???? what is the connection of this people???? then implemented the black codes. We need modern black written books in the schools to make the connection, then history will serve its true purpose. In case you do not realize we are currently in another system of Egypt. He who have understanding let him so do. And for you lot who like to say that all races were enslaved, why is it that we are the only ones lost without an identity like sheep?????

  24. Janet Bishop
    Janet Bishop September 4, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    Well said!

  25. Saga Boy September 4, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Jennifer Can you imagine that’s in 2017 African languages are not taught but Chinese is?

    • Jennifer September 4, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      I am not surprised at all Saga boy. This lot sold out their own heritage long time ago to the Grangers and continue to Cellout their own people for naught. From one granger to the other. Nothing but jokers. Now you see why this people is so lost and is stuck on this merry go round. No one is even trying to get off as it is now more feasible to keep this people on the water wheel like hamsters. Then this same Hilary talks about Pan African-ism and connecting to Africa etc. That old Granger now has his deputy’s and make a guess who they are.


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