Ignorant talk

Belle takes De Peiza to task over criticism of UWI

Former University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer Dr George Belle has described as “profound ignorance”, criticisms by Democratic Labour Party (DLP) candidate Verla De Peiza of the quality of education at the regional institution.

De Peiza, who will challenge Dr William Duguid of the Opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) for the Christ Church West seat in the upcoming general election, charged during a recent DLP lecture that the tertiary institution had lost its prestige and had lowered its standards in a misguided attempt to fast track former principal Sir Hilary Beckles’ vision for a university graduate in every household.

However, Belle, the former dean of the faculty of social sciences at Cave Hill, tore into the DLP senator, contending during his delivery of this week’s BLP lunchtime lecture, that she “was speaking from a position of profound ignorance”.

Strongly rejecting the notion that the campus was below the standards of its regional counterparts, Belle said the Cave Hill campus was a world-class institution that compared favourably with the campuses at St Augustine and Mona.

He pointed out that even with the university’s expansion, students could not get in.

The campus administration revealed in their monthly gazette that in 2016 the United States Department of Education recognized the UWI’s medical programme as comparable with medical education in the United States.

Drawing examples from the contributions that international universities have made to the towns or cities where they were located, Belle stressed the importance of a university to a country and economy.

“The Cave Hill Campus contributed significantly to creating an educated society, providing enlightenment, enhancing the idea and reality of sovereignty, and ensuring a level of innovation and intellectual engagement which benefited the country as a whole,” he said, adding that the costs at Cave Hill were previously the highest among the three campuses and that the expansion of the physical plant had allowed the university’s administration to take in larger numbers of qualified students.

22 Responses to Ignorant talk

  1. Saga Boy November 25, 2017 at 1:20 am

    George when you look back on your career as a lecturer in politics what have you achieved? What about books? Have you written any of note? Any which impacted students or contributed to the advancement of politics or the society for which you have all the answers for the wrongs you constantly speak of? What about the political party you attempt to form? Why did it die? You missed the boat. Your time has sailed. You need to join Owen and Sir Roy. Unfortunately all of you are still fighting for relevance and to be noticed. Rest yourself. You know full well that the quality of today’s student is a far cry from what you had in the 1970s and 1980s. The entry requirements were reduced in order to accommodate Sir Hilary dream of one graduate per household. The UWI did not make them more employable. They leave university not being able to write a simply application letter. I have seen a lot of their work in the public sector and have heard complaints by those in the private sector.

    • Leroy November 25, 2017 at 6:47 am

      Are the Cave Hill graduates illiterate?

      • milli watt November 25, 2017 at 9:56 am

        I agree

  2. David Hall November 25, 2017 at 2:33 am

    Well said George! Profound ignorance is often the result of profound bias. On this occasion the senator was seeking to score political points rather than make a meaningful contribution. But such is the case with DLP politicians.

  3. luther thorne November 25, 2017 at 3:15 am

    IGNORANT and nuh more ?
    Ignorant , insensitive, immature and Insipid comments from her

    I have now lost all respect for Verla now.

    Should not walk up the stairs of Parliament as an elected representative after this and if duh ever put she in St.John , may they never gain power in under 30 years. She and the CBC Moderator and that ilk trying to play the game but failing miserably. I suspect a nervous breakdown is on the way for that CBC Moderator who needs to take a long break and a long walk. By the time the break is over , elections should be called and it will be bye bye to all Dem CBC Moderators who are the Holders of jobs they would Love well to keep but the new Brooms will sweep Dem out fast.

    • hcalndre November 25, 2017 at 7:17 am

      Hey luther thorne; there is a Broom in the mix too, but he has stoop to their level so which broom is going to be used? you have noticed that she has gone bananas. Mr. King get yourself a lawyer that will put her on the stand and have the case tried in the presence of the public and not behind close doors. As I know it all cases should be tried in public even divorces.

  4. Dennis Taitt
    Dennis Taitt November 25, 2017 at 3:57 am


  5. archy perch November 25, 2017 at 4:25 am

    Again I want to see an audit of the University’s financial situation, and I would like Barbados’s top Actuary, Charles Herbert to conduct it. He has integrity, lots of it. I am guided to a story dated March 10th 2017 in the Nation newspaper,which stated that the UWI Cave Hill was owed almost $200 million by the Barbados Government. That institution is sucking the government’s financial nipples real good,and without an audit. Big big salaries go to people like left-wing BLP yardfowl Dr. George Belle, Jeremy Stephen et al. And the freightening thing is, these are the kind of people who teach our students, hence the warped minds. Spending like crazy goes on up there on that hill. SMH. Don’t worry though, soon the IMF will take care of that.

    • milli watt November 25, 2017 at 10:00 am

      SUVs, Mercedes, BMW, Audi to name but a few they drive up there. windows up and air con on fully tinted and they think they have arrived

  6. Keen Observer November 25, 2017 at 6:50 am

    George Belle likes to give advice but Barbadians need to be reminded that his left wing party failed. In fact it did not last as long as an ice cream on a hot day.

  7. Leroy November 25, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Any person or country ecducation requires investment, gov ministers namely fruendel and sinckler send funds to uwi…all they need do it put restrictions on how to spend the $. You make it seem uwi is wasting $, if thats the case the gov aint doing their job.

  8. Susan Maynard
    Susan Maynard November 25, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I will like to no when the poor man child can go back to University

  9. Greengiant November 25, 2017 at 8:22 am

    The UWI needs to be managed, marketed and given the same incentives like any other business in Barbados. Give them their 200,000,000.00 and let them handle their own financing too.

    They can manage their own finances, and place them in an agreement to be self financing by 2030 or something. Between now and then, they can receive reduced funding from regional governments each year leading up to the self financing period.

    There must be a plan however. Either students excel at Secondary and College level to acquire scholarship financing from government, BCCI, BTA, BHTA, Manufacturing sector, Media Houses, Sports and Arts sector, legal association, medical associations or the UWI. There must be a model for the future or it will crumble.

  10. milli watt November 25, 2017 at 10:05 am

    you think they want to audit that place………..I don’t think yuh all want anybody digging up in the affairs of UWI. as for a graduate in every household that is a joke. they run red lights, raise gremlins with swords, sell drugs, take bribes, pay kick backs and involve themselves in every other dishonest activity you can think of. A UWI graduate a real ASSet TO THIS CESS POOL OF A COUNTRY

    • Jennifer November 25, 2017 at 10:23 am

      Milli – lol – just to add, when that concierge Hillary done edicate you down in dey – you now got to go and educate yourself. Nothing more than a funneling pit for the people businesses.

      @Saga Boy – well said.

  11. Indiginous Bajan! November 25, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Just for curiousity’s sake may I ask Dr Belle this one, Sir can you tell us the public how many students you have admitted from Canada, England, Ireland, the U.S.A or any other nationalities out side of Caricom.

  12. luther thorne November 25, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    TIme to call Elections.
    Enough foolisness now from DLP and their syncophants.


    • Hewers of wood November 25, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      “WILL BE ON HUNGER STRIKE” – good luck. That should send a clear message. see u at the funeral.

  13. Patrick November 25, 2017 at 6:34 pm

    George, you are not helping, go and rest

  14. Helen Juanita Lynch November 26, 2017 at 12:05 am

    I think that many people have misinterpreted UWI’s intentions. According to the 2010 census Barbados has 78,936 households. So one graduate per household would mean 78,936 graduates alive at any one time, but those graduates would be spread among the 168,225 working age population, since nobody is suggesting that minors or the very old go to university, typically that number would be people older than 20 but younger than 65, so if we want to achieve or maintain the 78,936 university graduates number we would have to divide the 78,936 households by the 45 years between 20 and 65, which would bring us to 1754 university graduates per year, which I don’t think is an unreasonable number. Some of these people would graduate from UWI and no doubt a couple of hundred including scholarship winners or those whose parents can afford it would graduate from various foreign universities.

    • ks November 26, 2017 at 8:04 am

      Thanks Helen….finally a bit of logic & common sense to the mix.

      Cave Hill (UWI) continues to educate our population despite the removal of easy access for Bajans by the present Government…… something they enjoyed growing up!

      Over the years, many UWI graduates went onto your ‘big-up’ universities and never had a problem … and they still do….. proof that the graduates are on par with any from other universities.

      Not paying your bills ….. $200,000,000 over 10 years …. is a disgrace to our country and our regional partners. Name a ‘business’ that could have survived such a ‘hit’??

      The UWI is audited, both externally & internally, and is always up-to-date with its financial reporting to its stakeholders ….. the Caribbean governments. The same cannot be said about our governmental ‘Boards’ !!!

      So to you …… Archy Perch, Milli watt, Saga Boy, etc……. talk to any of your family at UWI, go on campus and see for yourself, interact with the campus….. and you will realise that your broad swipes are nothing but repeated gossip by those bearing a grudge against Beckles, Belle, etc.

      Leave out the personalities ….. go on campus & talk with the students & staff…. stupid statements about non-literate graduates, can’t fill out a job application, etc….. is mere hogwash you heard/read from a disgruntled anti-UWI observer….go check it our for yourself.

  15. Patrick November 26, 2017 at 6:32 am

    I am tired of George Belle, political nuisance is always trying to be a politician


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