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UWI fear

LISA KING, [email protected]

UWI fear

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A crisis may well be looming in Barbados with only the children of the well-to-do being able to access higher education.

This stark warning came yesterday from principal of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Professor Eudine Barriteau, while addressing a scholarship presentation by the Optimist International club to student Akilah Jordan-Watson.

“As you know, the challenge of funding higher education is becoming quite acute and, in essence, a crisis may well be looming. We have taken higher education for granted,” she said.

Enrolment levels have dropped at Cave Hill ever since Government’s decision to end taxpayer funding of UWI tuition fees in 2014, going from 8 711 students in 2013 to 4 203 for the current academic year. (LK)

Please read the full story in today’s Midweek Nation, or in the eNATION edition.