UWI Principal Concerned: Jamaicans Unable to Access Medical Training

The Pro Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies Mona campus, Professor Archibald McDonald, is raising concerns about the growing inability of poor Jamaicans to access training in the medical field.

Professor McDonald noted his concerns at the commissioning of the brand new medical science facility at Mona yesterday

The upgraded facility was actually intended to expand access to medical training to Jamaican students.

The new medical sciences building at the University of the West Indies, Mona is a modern and impressive facility costing four billion dollars.

In the old faculty, the majority of students were Jamaicans.

Now, the Principal, Professor Archibald McDonald says fewer and fewer Jamaicans are getting the opportunity to study here because of the cost.

The Jamaican government reduced its subvention to the University and the medical school had to ask students to pay the full fee.

Professor McDonald says the situation is putting poor, talented Jamaican students at a disadvantage.

He added that it is imperative that opportunities be created for Jamaicans qualifying for medical school.

Professor McDonald made his comments in the full hearing of the Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and her Education Minister Ronald Thwaites.

Mr Thwaites said the government had been forced to cut its budget, but that it still gave the majority of money allocated to tertiary education to UWI.