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Students to pay UWI tuition

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart (right) and other Government members leaving Parliament last night. (Picture by Lennox Devonish.)

Wed, August 14, 2013 - 1:20 AM

FROM NEXT YEAR, Barbadian students at campuses of the University of the West Indies across the region will be digging into their pocket for their tuition fees.

This was revealed by Minister of Finance Christopher Sinckler, as he delivered the 2013 Financial Statement and Budgetary Proposals in the House of Assembly yesterday.

Starting in the academic year 2014/2015, full-time students entering the university’s Faculties of Humanities and Education, Social Sciences and Science and Technology will pay tuition fees of $5 625.  Those entering the Faculty of Law will pay $8 808, while those entering the Faculty of Medical Sciences will pay $16 618 for clinical tuition.

Government, said Sinckler, will continue to pay the economic cost of each student, which is much higher.  (HLE)


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Posted by BIG SKY 1 year, 2 months ago
Remember you was worried about pensioners having to pay bus fare so you voted for the DLP so these little fees shouldn't worry you.Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha.

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Posted by SANDREA BUTCHER 1 year, 2 months ago
Oh this is absolutely great (*sarcasm dripping*). Parents will now have additional debts to pay because the average Barbados parents will not have that money. I guess the government will also provide loans and bond students.

Looking on the bright side (*really looking for that silver lining on this storm cloud*) this is an opportunity for the financial institutions especially the ones who provide educational savings plans as they should see an increased demand for these products.

I hope that the government keeps their word about the ones who can't afford to "pay". Back in the mid 1990's I would have fallen into that category since my grandmother was not working.

I expect that the government should see a drop in the numbers of persons applying to UWI, which is their desired result.

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Posted by David Hall 1 year, 2 months ago
its woeful that this administration has wasted so much money on non essentials, and now students will be burdened with cost they cannot manage.

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Posted by Terri Hoyte 1 year, 2 months ago
Are the fees quoted for the semester or for the year? Or is this a total for the degree?

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Posted by Judy Clarke 1 year, 2 months ago
I see nothing wrong with asking students to pay tuition fees. We are BROKE people! Only elementary and secondary schools education should be free. If you want to go to an university, get a loan. Learn some responsibility.

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Posted by Cheese On 1 year, 2 months ago
I knew they couldn't continue to cover all those fees with the roll of students rising from 3,000 to 7,000. Maybe reducing the 'Intake' of students would have given others the chance and not have eliminated the possibility for students to benefit from their Tuition fees being subsidized.
I feel so sad about those doing Medicine which has the highest tuition fees. Looks like lack of money will determine whether they can practice Medicine!
Also maybe Tax Payers would not be that upset with the amount of $$$ being pumped into UWI Cave Hill if the students would actually Stay in Barbados and give back to their Country! Flip side is to ask are there jobs here for them to Stay!
We also got a serious situation from Snickler of establishing an immediate Job Freeze!!!

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Posted by Nikki Jonas 1 year, 2 months ago
It needed to be done. UWI is now accepting students 16 years old, straight out of Secondary School who end up spending 6 and 7 years there, wasting tax-payers' money. When they have to pay their own way they will understand the value of their education.
The tuition fees are nothing compared to what students at universities in other countries pay.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 2 months ago
Well done Mister Minister.

University education is serious stuff, costing serious money to finance it.
Our financial system isn't working to the extent where "free" works (obviously it doesn't!)
and so the buck now stops(partially) at the student or whoever finances that student.

This should have been done YEARS AGO!

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Posted by Amanda L 1 year, 2 months ago
I can easily think of many people that I went to school with (both secondary and UWI) who were barely able to afford UWI even with the tuition already taxpayer-funded (note, I did not say FREE or paid by government).
I have a friend whose mother has 6 children. She worked as a domestic by day and selling food at night and they lived in a public housing area. But he was so determined to further his education. Even with the tuition 'free', he had to go around to businesses and NGOs every school year so he could raise money to pay for his food and accommodation and books.
There are so many others like him in Barbados - poor but bright and determined. It's easy for people to be flippant and say "get a loan". Even the Student Revolving Loan Fund requires that you have a guarantor for your loan and may not accept these children's impoverished parents as reliable guarantors. And forget about a bank or credit union accepting it. So what becomes of them?

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Posted by Adrian Cumberbatach 1 year, 2 months ago
The amount of taxes that I will pay over my lifetime as a result of having a university education is much more that the $5600 per year it cost government to provide it. Those who think that is right to make students pay are not seeing the bigger picture that it was mainly because of education that Barbados has been able to compete successfully on the world scene. Most of the same politicians are recipients of the same free UWI education so removing that access to education will eventually create a Barbados where only certain people will the chance to become qualified to do certain jobs, creating greater social and economic inequality.
Of course there are people who abuse the privilege and waste time playing dominoes and partying in the guild, but please see the bigger picture. The way things are going, gov will eventually need to find other areas to make cuts, so guess who will be next. BCC, then SJPP, then secondary schools. You have to face the reality that we going down a slipper slope and the fall out from some of the measures may not result in gov's financial situation improving.

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Posted by Bim Bum 1 year, 2 months ago
We HAVE to un-brainwash ourselves
out of this idiot notion
that 'Someone Else' is going to pay our bills!

No-one but YOU is going to pay your bills
directly or indirectly
-so get over it. Quickly!

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Posted by BIG SKY 1 year, 2 months ago
Dear Educated you laughed at the reduction of Vat proposed by Owen Arthur and instead jumped on the Privatization/Pensioners to pay bus fare band wagon ."Wha' sweeten goat mout does bun 'e tail."

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Posted by En Dee 1 year, 2 months ago
Let's face it fellow citizens, it had to happen. The "free education" model was not sustainable. It was a welcome necessity when introduced by PM Errol Barrow and served an immeasurable purpose over its time. Barbados has benefitted significantly from it and has reached its admirable status as a direct result of free education. I certainly benefitted from it and I am saddened to tell others that they should not derive the same benefits. That may sound hypocritical to some people but, rest assured, my position is borne only by a feeling of absolute necessity, nothing else. There is now a different scale. The number of students increased significantly and costs are now out of hand. The USA, Canada, England and many large countries with vast resources and multiple revenue streams are not able to offer the luxury of free education. Barbados, unfortunately, now has to face the stark reality that some of our treasured luxuries will have to be trimmed or eliminated. These are tough economic times and tough measures must be implemented. I expect that opposing politicians will promise to reinstate free education if they are elected but as a concerned citizen, taxpayer and consumer I urge all and sundry to be wary of such promises. Nigel D.

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