The University of the West Indies, Mona, may not be ready to facilitate face to face classes come September.

Vice Chancellor of the University, Sir Hilary Beckles, says the institution is analyzing the research on the COVID-19 virus to determine that move.

But he says the university is fully prepared to facilitate online classes for all programs come September.

He says the university has not seen any change in the number of persons applying and enrolling in its programmes.

But he’s expecting to see an increase soon, as research shows that people often invest in higher education during times of crisis.

But Sir Hilary refused to confirm if online classes will cost students less.

He says the university already had courses online which were less expensive than face to face classes.

Sir Hilary says in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the university immediately shifted to an online strategy.

Sir Hilary Beckles, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, speaking on a recent edition of Taking Stock with Kalilah Reynolds.

He says the institution is bracing for an inevitable financial cut from the government which has seen a significant decline in GDP projections due to the pandemic.

It’s why he says it’s important that the university presses ahead with a planned Initial Public Offering.

One of the projects being pushed is an international nursing school at Mona to export thousands of nurses.