Ruel Helping Needy Students

University Reps Pleased with Govt Move to Help Needy Students

Representatives from two universities are welcoming the government’s move to help students pay their tuition.

The Office of the Prime Minister announced yesterday that the government would be allocating $300-million to help students at the University of the West Indies, University of Technology and Caribbean Maritime Institute, CMI.

CMI Executive Director, Dr. Fritz Pinnock, says he welcomes the effort to address what he says is a national problem.

Meanwhile, Guild President at the University of West Indies, Mikaela Gonzales, says they’re advocating for the students most in need to receive assistance.

And, Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid says the $300-million allocation is going to be repeated in subsequent years.

Minister Reid says the government is considering adopting policies that would help the poorest students get a university education.

The Ministry of Education is to set up a special task force to review the barring of financially delinquent final year students at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus from sitting exams.

This was agreed at a meeting last night led by Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle Offices.

A statement from the Ministry this morning says the task force will also consider the appeal made by the UWI Guild of Students for more time to be granted to allow monthly paid persons and parents to settle fees by this month end.

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