More Barbadians looking to foreign universities for their tertiary education

More Barbadian students are considering overseas universities for their tertiary education.

Speaking Saturday at an education fair held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, Legal Counsel and Director of Communications at The Student Centre Kimberley Alleyne-Pinder said that in recent years, there has been an increase in the number of undergraduate and postgraduate students venturing to countries such as Canada to further their education.

“We have always had Barbadians that wanted to go aboard to study, so what we are saying is that it is probably a bit more now [who are] saying . . . let me just weigh my options more,” she said.

The curious parents and students discussed their options with recruiters from 21 universities and colleges at the education fair, hosted by the Student Centre and the Canadian High Commission.

The Embassy also facilitated seminars to inform patrons about student visas and immigration requirements as well as scholarships offered by the Canadian Government.

Political Counsellor of the High Commission of Canada, Agnes Pust, also mentioned that there has been an increase in the number of students interested in studying in Canada.

She attributed this to the dissemination of information from past Barbados students who immensely enjoyed their experiences studying in Canada.

“As the product becomes better known . . .  it is easier to sell it. One student will tell one of his or her friends from school,” she pointed out.

94 Responses to More Barbadians looking to foreign universities for their tertiary education

  1. Wendy Reece
    Wendy Reece October 22, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Please don’t send your children to America not while Trumps in power.

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    • Mazie Taylor
      Mazie Taylor October 22, 2017 at 11:17 am
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    • Anton Brown
      Anton Brown October 22, 2017 at 11:30 am

      Second that… American Universities are seeing and increase number in racist attack and white supremacy/kkk meeting in canpus. Too name a few University of Virginia, Catholic University, Duke, UCLA, Berkeley University, and the list goes on. Please also keep in mind the violence against black men and the killing of young black men in America and the high incident of police brutality. It’s better to send them to Canada or England

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    • Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
      Cherylann Bourne-Hayes October 22, 2017 at 11:33 am

      There also other Universities in the US that can be a choice, like some HBCUs.

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    • Wendy Reece
      Wendy Reece October 22, 2017 at 11:36 am

      Anton Brown that was my main concern the killings of black boys and men, all they see is black and not where they come from. Please do come to England you will have a good time especially if you get into a uni in or near London.

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    • Martine Boyer
      Martine Boyer October 22, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      You mean United States, Canada is another story though. We have good universities too…

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    • Wendy Reece
      Wendy Reece October 22, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      Martine Boyer of course I mean USA . Canada is a safer place than the states, no doubt about that.

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete October 22, 2017 at 8:45 pm

      Wendy Reece also Canada is very welcoming

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  2. James Austin Bynoe
    James Austin Bynoe October 22, 2017 at 11:53 am

    The official end to our era of excellence in education … smh

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  3. Seth St John
    Seth St John October 22, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Welcome to the brain drain.. as more and more educated bajans will leave our shores.

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    • Patricia Julyon
      Patricia Julyon October 22, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      They might as well guh long cos wen dem done fritter way we taxes tekkin 8 years tuh do uh 4 year degree dem duz lime pun de block smokin herb claiming dem caan get “DE JOB DEM WANT”.

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    • Jai Callender
      Jai Callender October 22, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      Patricia Julyon This is the most ignorant comment i have ever seen

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    • Eleanor Weekes
      Eleanor Weekes October 22, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      And you don’t want that!

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    • Tyson Corbin
      Tyson Corbin October 22, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Speak the truth , let the debate begin .

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    • Tyrone Corbin
      Tyrone Corbin October 23, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Patricia Julyon You hit the NAIL on the head my friend.

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    • Patricia Julyon
      Patricia Julyon October 23, 2017 at 10:00 am

      Jai Callender, i say wot i see i even hear dem boast bout ” flyin bout free pun student affairs money. so because it hit a raw nerve in you , it ignorant ?

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  4. Tone October 22, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    Canada is my favorite destination, when my children are ready to go to college, UWI or Canada will be it. I visited there on three occasions and the way you are approached,( cant speak for others, only my family) at the airport by immigration, customs, police is totally different than when travelling to the USA. We also felt more safe on the streets, even doe all countries have their share of crime and one must always be vigilant. We were more at ease there in Ontario & Quebec. My next holiday, we will be there again.

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  5. Dan Louis
    Dan Louis October 22, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    why should they go to liberal UWI.

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  6. luther thorne October 22, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Foreign people know how to treat people nice Customer Service in Barbados is the pits and poor Customer Service can be found at tertiary institutions in Barbados too . Enrolling Students who can be considered Customers and prospective students too can give you stories of poor treatment , slackness and unprofessionalism that might be experienced at certain tertiary institutions. The people overseas make life much easier and make you feel important and comfortable.

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  7. Shanika Roberts Odle
    Shanika Roberts Odle October 22, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I agree is I have to take out a whole bank loan to send my child to university in Barbados I may as well send them overseas

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    • hcalndre October 22, 2017 at 3:25 pm

      Shanika Roberts Odle; that is very smart of you, and if they are in the technical field, they will sure have an offer of a good paying job by the time they graduate. Have you ever check what position UWI is rated among the the UV in the world? please do.

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    • Kay Scantlebury
      Kay Scantlebury October 22, 2017 at 4:45 pm

      A whole loan instead of a half? :p

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    • Valerie Hoyte
      Valerie Hoyte October 22, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      Depend on where you are sending them. Tuition is averaging about 70k Barbados a year for a 4 year degree excluding summer and it doesn’t include housing and that is for a local student without all the other fees you have to pay. A child coming out of another country pays the tuition of an international student.Don’t ever believe that education in the USA for example is cheap. It maybe more economical to look at London

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  8. Clevie Padmore
    Clevie Padmore October 22, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    Why not? If we could spend a big tuition at UWI, we could try abroad as well

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  9. Verla De Peiza
    Verla De Peiza October 22, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    But…overseas education is REALLY expensive

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    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles October 22, 2017 at 2:10 pm

      and with the Government’s 200 million dollar debt to UWI it’s going to be REALLY expensive here too. So why not look overseas? Is it because they may end up staying abroad and utilizing their talents there instead of the choice of being underpaid or unemployed here?

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    • Sophia Cumberbatch
      Sophia Cumberbatch October 22, 2017 at 3:19 pm

      And you can bet that the minister’s kids go to overseas university ,what is good for one us good for all.

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    • Eleanor Weekes
      Eleanor Weekes October 22, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      Very expensive indeed! Kids spend years paying back the loans.

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    • Eleanor Weekes
      Eleanor Weekes October 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Don’t agree Nico Beckles! Go back to your country and make it better

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      • hcalndre October 22, 2017 at 7:45 pm

        @Eleanor Weekes; what if bajans are asked to go back to their country? I can hear their cry, how unjust it is.

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    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles October 22, 2017 at 5:21 pm

      Eleanor doesn’t our current government have our kids spending years to pay back the loans for UWI currently thanks to our Government? Also ..go back and make it better??? Do tell how because our economy is in shambles, jobs are low while unemployment is high plus ever rising taxation explain to me what the hell there is to come back and do when all the jobs are already filled with unqualified friends and family?

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    • Valerie Hoyte
      Valerie Hoyte October 22, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Nico HL Beckles, immigration laws trump are creating will not allow for ppl to just stay. These kids would have to get married in order to stay and work here in their field of study… not only that, their parents have to pay for housing for them. Just go onto any university website, Columbia, Pace, penn state etc and look at the tuition for an international student, also check out the housing as it is not included in the tuition and remember the Tuition is in US dollars and see if it is cost effective to go local or travel abroad…
      Personally I would want to do London

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    • Nico HL Beckles
      Nico HL Beckles October 22, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Where the hell in any of my comments did I say USA????

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    • Richard Franklin
      Richard Franklin October 22, 2017 at 8:14 pm

      Valerie Hoyte Except that when you’re finished there you would be compelled to leave too. And marriage would not save you.

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    • Gillian Skeete
      Gillian Skeete October 22, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Eleanor Weekes my three now adult children all took out student loans worked part time went to school completed education got jobs payed back loans! It’s the way people do it overseas when they don’t have rich mummies and daddies to pay for it all

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  10. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie October 22, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    FX drain

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  11. Sue Donym October 22, 2017 at 1:34 pm

    The government of Barbados seldom sees the many facets of a situation. They must have thought it would end at a simple look at the dollar figure, when in fact people will consider value based on the entire experience – range of programme choices, overall interpersonal experience, cultural exposure, strength of accreditation, even just the ability to have a change of environment.

    We must also consider that having received good exam results here, there are opportunities for even partial scholarships and grants to offset final costs. Some students will benefit from the fact that they or their parents are citizens of USA, UK, Canada for example and will receive entitlements that a Barbadian with no family or diplomatic connection would receive.

    As I’ve said before on articles relating to tertiary education choices, if it comes down to who can afford it, you actually widen their choices and their desire to get more for their dollars.

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  12. Richard Braithwaite
    Richard Braithwaite October 22, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Give England a go ! Some great uni’s to choose from

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  13. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie October 22, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I know so many people sent kids to USA and Canada and come back addicts

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    • Jeremy Cole
      Jeremy Cole October 22, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Addicted to what?

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    • Eleanor Weekes
      Eleanor Weekes October 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm

      Such a terrible comment. All kids don’t end up using drugs!

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    • Nicholas Mackie
      Nicholas Mackie October 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      North American culture is a terrible influence on our young Caribbean people

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    • Valerie Hoyte
      Valerie Hoyte October 22, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      It’s an interesting comment. It is a realistic occurrence that can occur… But it can occur anywhere

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    • hcalndre October 22, 2017 at 7:49 pm

      @Nicholas Mackie; they don`t have to leave Barbados.

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    • Patricia Julyon
      Patricia Julyon October 23, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Sen dem to Mona an nuff uh dem come back totally Prickle.

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  14. Nicholas Mackie
    Nicholas Mackie October 22, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    UWI is the best – I got a general management diploma there best thing I ever did

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  15. Kevin October 22, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    These Uni’s abroad cost much much more than local Uni without scholarship funds. So yes, more Bajans might be looking but are they actual taking up the offers to study abroad if they and their familiy have to foot the bill.

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  16. Eleanor Weekes
    Eleanor Weekes October 22, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    What do you people expect! You had it free for a long time. You should pay now for the degree. Nothing is free anymore.

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  17. Ossie Moore October 22, 2017 at 4:07 pm

    The average illiterate black bajan , still think that barbados ( buhbaydus ) is the world’s no.1 country .

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  18. Ossie Moore October 22, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    No wonder the white people send their kids to the Universities in the USA and left y’all stupid black nig***S back in the gullies talking alot of Cu*t.

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    • hcalndre October 22, 2017 at 7:53 pm

      Ossie; Cool it man, that`s what they believe.

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  19. Ossie Moore October 22, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Wendy Reece making asinine comments and speaking out of her rear end . You should get out from under the banana tree that you are living under Wendy and get a brain instead of the rock that you have for brains.

    Since you have rock for brains and live under a banana tree I’ll tell you what you don’t know Wendy , Blacks in Barbados are killing blacks and committing more crimes at an alarming rate much higher than most other countries.

    You probably wouldn’t understand a word of what I just said due to your level of intelligence.

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  20. Ossie Moore October 22, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Wendy Reece making stupid comments and speaking out of her rear end . You should get out from under the banana tree that you are living under Wendy and get a brain instead of the rock that you have for brains.

    Since you have rock for brains and live under a banana tree I’ll tell you what you don’t know Wendy , Blacks in Barbados are killing blacks and committing more crimes at an alarming rate much higher than most other countries.

    You probably wouldn’t understand a word of what I just said due to your level of intelligence.

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  21. Nicole Griffith
    Nicole Griffith October 22, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Maybe if UWI has some of their programmes online which won’t require persons having to take time off from work during the day etc, then maybe, the enrollment would increase.

    Give the students flexible learning opportunities..

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    • Nickk Moore
      Nickk Moore October 22, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      Well they do have some of their programs online – through Uwi Open Campus.

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    • Nickk Moore
      Nickk Moore October 22, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      From certificates to degrees.

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    • Eleanor Weekes
      Eleanor Weekes October 22, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      Agree, so many options available

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  22. Ralph White
    Ralph White October 22, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    How do people nowadays continue to afford to send their kid(s) to overseas university is beyond my comprehension!

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    • Nicholas Mackie
      Nicholas Mackie October 22, 2017 at 5:18 pm

      I can’t even put gas in the boat !!

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    • Valerie Hoyte
      Valerie Hoyte October 22, 2017 at 5:33 pm

      I live in the USA and I can’t even consider going back to school because the cost for a year alone is darn ridiculous

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    • Eleanor Weekes
      Eleanor Weekes October 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      They have it that good! The government don’t owe u anything. Let your kids be responsible for their education, trust me they will appreciate it more

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    • Jeremy Jones
      Jeremy Jones October 22, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      Most local kids now fund their own education, and schooling overseas makes sense from an opportunity stand point.

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  23. Lauraine Clarke
    Lauraine Clarke October 22, 2017 at 5:46 pm

    This DLP Government just throw our children to the curb, Verla you said that education overseas is expensive,I say ,what about Barbados?and when you finished your studies,you cannot get a job no where in Barbados.

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    • Eleanor Weekes
      Eleanor Weekes October 22, 2017 at 6:24 pm

      Which would u prefer being in your country or dealing with all the craziness outside? Barbados is a paradise! Like every progressive country! There are challenges Just learn to adjust…

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      • hcalndre October 22, 2017 at 8:05 pm

        @Eleanor Weekes; you take a bus to Cave Hill UWI and asked the students who want to go to those crazy places to do the studies or remain in the paradise, would the bus have enough room?

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    • Verla De Peiza
      Verla De Peiza October 22, 2017 at 7:13 pm

      How about finding a niche and employing yourself instead of looking for a job?

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    • Verla De Peiza
      Verla De Peiza October 22, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      And why do you have to work in Barbados? CSME is designed to allow us to move, Not just others to come here.

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    • Richard RC Daniel
      Richard RC Daniel October 22, 2017 at 7:35 pm

      Why should ANY Government have to pay for the Education of any person who takes SIX or SEVEN years to complete a degree that should have been completed in three years?????????????
      I just looked after a touring team from the U.S where the young people pay U.S. $ 100,000.00 a year for their tuition. Our kids have to pay like Bajan $ 6, 000.00 a year.

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  24. Saga Boy October 22, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    What is the big deal? This has been happening fir years. Many bajans with masters and Ph.D. Degrees have studied overseas. Almost every day a Bajan travels overseas to study especially I USA. We need more of this. To do a masters and Ph.D. At cave hill takes a decade and lecturers continue to frustrate the average student. The world is a global village and bajans need to go out there and do the required network to get them jobs after they study. It should be encouraged until cave hill get their act together.

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  25. Patricia Julyon
    Patricia Julyon October 22, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    They will find the money to pay and if they borrow from the Commercial Banks they HAVE to repay unlike the Student Revolving Loan Fund that cease to revolve cause so many of them REFUSES to repay even though they are in very well paying jobs.

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  26. Sheron Inniss October 22, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I have no problem with persons seeking tertiary education in a different country. It is a different experience and will serve students well. However, my problem is not wanting to pay at UWI but the willingness to pay overseas.

    UWI is not free – the tax dollars coming from somewhere. Our pockets. The taxes we are paying can’t even cover all the “freeness”, far less the squandermania by the Bs and Ds.

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  27. Sandra Estwick
    Sandra Estwick October 22, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    If you are willing to pay the full tuition in the USA then go ahead because I think it is high time we in Bim get real. We have it good here but as usual bajans like freeness. The government needs to stop paying the part they pay and see what will happen

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    • hcalndre October 22, 2017 at 8:10 pm

      Sandra; that will be double jeopardy because students can`t even get a part time job to help their parents with the fees.

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  28. Kezi Wezi
    Kezi Wezi October 22, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    Uwi tuition is nearly not even close to the expense of overseas tuition. However opportunities are more abundant. That is the deal breaker not only money.

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  29. Helen Juanita Lynch October 22, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    @Sandra Estwick “October 22, 2017 at 7:03 pm “bajans like freeness. The government needs to stop paying the part they pay and see what will happen.”

    In the 1930’s, when my elder siblings were born Barbados was the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The infant mortality rate was 220/1,000, that is almost one quarter of children died before reaching the age of 5. If the government “stop paying they part they pay” [we] “will see what will happen.”

    We already know what will happen, Barbados will return to being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, and one quarter of your babies and your friends babies, and your godchildren WILL DIE before the age of 5.

    Is that what you want?

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  30. Max Goodman
    Max Goodman October 22, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Cant pay for it here want government to help pay but yet want to go overseas to do it where they have to pay for acomadation

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  31. Epaphras D. Williams
    Epaphras D. Williams October 22, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    Purchasing education is attempting to purchase power and with hope increasing one’s attractiveness in the marketplace. Unfortunately paying for education or even getting it on someone else’s back doesn’t mean you’ll grasp anything which will propel you to the top of anybody’s shortlist. Maybe we need to grapple a bit more with the whole idea of education packaging and if we are paying for the package (name/brand) or the actual substance which we can use to start a business, bargain for a job or use in a charitable way to help others who endure one plight or another.

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  32. milli watt October 22, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    this is the same crowd that ain’t got the money to pay for tuition at UWI but can pay yankee……..never thought I would say this but Chris like he did right real money bout hey and he looking for it. stupse cannot believe this middle class we have bout hey.

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  33. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton October 23, 2017 at 1:41 am

    You have to go overseas to pursue certain disciplines…..

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  34. Adrian Odle
    Adrian Odle October 23, 2017 at 3:13 am

    Well a lot of black prior have been conned into believing “foreign is better”, these are victims of the slave trades mental scarring. On the other hand some studies are only available overseas…for people complaining about online study not being available clearly you have not opened a uwi booklet yet, I also find the masters programs at uwi to be cheap for my area of study (law), which is only 20,000 in comparison to the others masters programs at 30 – 35,000.

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  35. Shotta Boss
    Shotta Boss October 23, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Studying overseas and bout hay claiming them brek hmmmm strange seems they have money for overseas tuition and not for here hmmmm

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  36. Shotta Boss
    Shotta Boss October 23, 2017 at 6:00 am

    I drop it Real just me

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  37. Sonia Russell
    Sonia Russell October 23, 2017 at 6:36 am

    Barbados has one on of the best education why do they want to overseas america is not always better try cuba

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  38. Rawle Maycock October 23, 2017 at 7:28 am

    Canada is nice,but I won’t except the jabs at the US immigration,they do they job and I’ve found them to be nice.

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  39. Tyrone Corbin
    Tyrone Corbin October 23, 2017 at 8:47 am

    This is a great idea just last week i was talking to some friends about this same thing. Now my question here is WILL the Government helping to pay these universities fees like we expect them too pay down here. What a burden we place on our Government and yet still these same people that keep complaining about the Governments can find thousands of DOLLARS to send their children oversea to study.

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  40. Sherlene Phillips
    Sherlene Phillips October 23, 2017 at 9:03 am

    People need to decide what is right for them…but truth be told…jobs hard to find anywhere unless you are the top of your game…

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  41. Ossie Moore October 23, 2017 at 10:01 am

    To Sonia Russell : If Barbados has the best education system in the world ( Barbados seems to have the best of everything in the world ) how come there are so many illiterates on the island ?

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  42. Milli Watt October 23, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Sinck;er et al like they right…….it is time this crowd start paying for university education. imagine foreign exchange that I help to get going to support these lousy scoundrels check the picture. this middle and upper class complaining and got money grand mur to burn sstttuuupppsseeeeeeeee

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  43. Carson C Cadogan October 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Which shows they have lots of money.

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  44. gsmiley October 23, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    Milli Watt you good boy. You can tell from that pic that they are middle and upper class.

    Poor children look so ordinary to me.

    Seems like you just want something to say dude.

    And btw Milli it was an education fair who says any of them are going anywhere.

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