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UWI fees ease

SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

UWI fees ease

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WITHIN TWO WEEKS, Government is promising to make thousands of bursaries available to university students.
?Minister of Education Ronald Jones, in an attempt he said, to clear up some of the “noise” and “mischief” circulating on the issue, said measures were being taken to address the issue of paying tuition fees at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus.
“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, speaking yesterday at the plaque unveiling for the upcoming Chinese Confucius Institute, said the bursaries would be made available not only to Cave Hill students but also to those studying at the Mona and St Augustine campuses in Jamaica and Trinidad, respectively.
“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. (CA)