Bursaries for UWI students
WITHIN TWO WEEKS, Government is promising a measure of relief for university students in the form of thousands of bursaries.
Minister of Education Ronald Jones, announced this today in what he said was an effort to clear up some of the “noise” and “mischief” circulating concerning the issue.
“Young people have been saying ‘you need to do more to help us over the threshold now that we’ve made this adjustment in tuition fees and we are committed to that. In the first few years, we will do some 3 000 bursaries to help those with challenges and this has already been agreed to,” he said.
Jones said the bursaries would not be made available only to Cave Hill students but those studying at the Mona and St Augustine campuses in Jamaica and Trinidad, respectively, had been included as well.
“We are very conscious of the students at Mona and St Augustine. We know that in order to study, you still have to carry something for accommodation, meals and transport so we are aware of that and those bursaries will also impact on them,” he said, adding the bursaries would be launched in two weeks and would cover about 50 per cent of the total tuition costs.
The education minister said the bursaries were only applicable to those studying for a Bachelor’s degree and would not apply to those students studying for the law certificate at St Augustine.
Jones was speaking during a ceremony at Cave Hill to unveil the plaque for the Confucius Institute. (CA)