Saturday 24 October, 2020

Government outlines UWI funding arrangement

(File Photo)

(File Photo)

Government has given confirmation that they will indeed be funding the tuition fees for Barbadians pursuing undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill campus.  

Word of this came from Minister of Education, Santia Bradshaw in a statement.  

Minister Bradshaw highlighted the negative impact the imposition of self-paid tuition fees, implemented by the last administration, had on UWI’s enrolment numbers and morale.  

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She explained the concrete arrangements government plans to put in place from the start of the 2018/2019 academic year.  

  • The Government of Barbados will pay directly to the UWI tuition fees for Barbadians enrolled in undergraduate courses of study.  

  • Government however will only cover the tuition fees for a second undergraduate degree if Barbadian students gained at least upper second-class honours or if the second undergraduate degree will be of significant relevance to national development.  

  • Government will pay tuition fees for Barbadian students pursuing a Legal Education Certificate granted by the Council of Legal Education of the Commonwealth Caribbean.  

  • Government will also pay the tuition fees for Barbadians pursuing post-graduate studies if they gained at least upper second-class honours in the first degree or if the post-graduate studies will be of significant relevance to national development. A full list of the national development programmes will be considered for the 2018/19 academic year will be made known by Friday 3rd August, 2018.  

  • Government will reach out to Barbadian students who have dropped out and encourage them to resume their tertiary studies.  

  • The Government will allow an additional year beyond the normal period of the course of study, in consideration of unforeseen circumstances that may force students to repeat a year. In other words, if you pursuing full time studies, Government will cover tuition fees for three years plus one i.e. four years and for part time studies, four years plus one, i.e. five years.  

Minister Bradshaw pointed out government intended to put safeguards in place against the “explosion of enrolment”, adding those who are accepted to study at UWI will be required to give back to the state. Full time students will be required to give back 150 hours of community service and part-time students, 100 hours.  

A Cabinet Subcommittee comprising the Minister of Home Affairs, the Minister of Youth and Community Empowerment, the Minister of People Empowerment and Elder Affairs and the Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, will propose a regime for these actions of volunteerism that will be agreed upon in consultation with the Social Partners and the general public. The modalities will be made known before September 2018.  

She went onto disclose similar tuition funding arrangements will be made for students undertaking undergraduate programmes at both the Barbados Community College and the Erdiston Teachers Training College with immediate effect. 

All fees paid by Barbadians for the 2018-2019 academic year at either of these institutions will be credited in full during the course of the upcoming academic year 2018-2019. 


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