PM defends decision
Prime Minister Freundel Stuart suggested last night that free tertiary education was never intended to last forever.
He was defending his Government’s controversial decision to stop paying tuition fees for Barbadian students at the University of the West Indies (UWI).
The Prime Minister contended that his administration was taking the necessary steps to ensure the country’s economic soundness.
In his contribution to parliamentary debate on the 2013 Financial Statement And Budgetary Proposals, Stuart said the Government was doing the best it could and people were simply being asked to contribute to their own development.
He noted that as far back as 1968, Barbados’ first Prime Minister, Errol Barrow, who introduced free tertiary education had indicated that the full extent of Government’s contribution to the university could not last forever.