Patterson Establishes Fund for Needy Chancellorites

Former Prime Minister, PJ Patterson, has established a fund at the University at the West Indies, Mona, to assist needy students and promote regional integration in CARICOM.

He’s invested USD$100,000 in the fund. Mr. Patterson says part of the fund will be used to assist students from the university’s Chancellor Hall of Residence, who have difficulty paying their tuition and other fees.

Mr Patterson is urging other alumni to contribute to the fund.

The fund comes weeks after the University’s Guild of Students said several students were facing the prospects of being barred from examinations, due to their failure to pay their tuition fees in full.

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Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.