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Education Ministry Expresses Regret/Concern Over Student Demonstrations

Ministry of Education | 2012-05-01 16:54:00

The Ministry of Education notes with regret, the exclusion of some tertiary students from examinations due to non – payment of some fees . The Minister understands  the severe hardships experienced by many persons who attempt higher education, but the way forward is always negotiation.

A well – run university depends on trust between students and administration. Students must be responsible, pay the agreed fees or exercise options to secure leeway by negotiation. The Minister is disappointed that the students did not avail themselves of the ‘open door’ he offered to seek solutions when he first took office.

Minister Thwaites is heartened that the student leaders have gone back into meetings, to craft a way forward with the administrators of the University of the West Indies. He is also distressed at the news that students sitting exams were disrupted and furniture smashed . Disorderly behavior is counter productive to the education process. The Education Minister welcomes the return to normalcy with the smooth conduction of the afternoon examination sessions.

This issue highlights the need for a review of the financing of tertiary education which the Ministry is undertaking at this time.


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