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Free education can’t continue

TREVOR YEARWOOD, [email protected]

Free education can’t continue

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GOVERNMENT DOES not plan to reduce the opportunities for people to advance by education and other means, but in the future Barbadians should expect to carry “a little more of the burden” of the cost of such projects.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart made this point yesterday evening, while defending his Government’s decision to have Barbadians studying at the University of the West Indies (UWI) finance 20 per cent of the cost of their education.

He was making an “intervention” in a discussion on the $489 million budget for education in the financial year 2015-16, as the annual debate on the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure continued in the House of Assembly.estimates-2015

“I just thought I had to make this final intervention, my final intervention, that there was a time when there were no opportunities, there was a time when there were opportunities that were on the surface, free, and that the time is coming when, while the opportunities will not be abridged, those persons who have been empowered are going to have to be asked to carry a little more of the burden than has been the case in the past,” Stuart said. (TY)

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