Mottley: Don’t up UWI fees
In a passionate speech, Opposition Leader Mia Mottley twice pleaded with Government to reverse its decision to stop paying tuition fees for students attending the University of the West Indies (UWI) from 2014/2015.
“I want to beg this Government with every bone and every breath in me,” she said. “I want to place it on record that if there is one policy that I hope members on that side would have the conscience to pull out and vote against tomorrow night. Reconsider it; there is too much at stake.”
She said the issue was not about the Opposition BLP versus the governing DLP when she delivered her reply to the Budgetary Proposals.
She argued that if Government was not prepared to reverse the measure it would lead to a brain drain in Barbados.
Calling Government’s decision to stop paying tuition fees “the ultimate betrayal”, Mottley told the House that she was not casting blame solely on Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler. (MB)