It is costing Barbados about $167 million a year to educate Bajan students at the three campuses of the University of the West Indies.
The announcement was made by Minister of Education Ronald Jones this morning in the House of Assembly.
Jones’ comments came after noting that statistics were showing that students in the United States owed close $1 trillion, adding that Bajan students pursuing their first degree would not accumulate these kinds of fees.
“When you listen one would recognise in Barbados by and large for our students who are either at University of the West Indies, in any of the campuses, the Barbados Community College, Erdiston Teachers’ Training College, Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, the Hospitality Institute, they do not carry a debt at undergraduate level to any of these institutions.
“The debt is carried by the people of Barbados and therefore seeking creative solutions out of the resources of the people to ensure that they are not burdened with that debt must be applauded,” the education minister stressed.
“There are still some residual funds owing to the University of the West Indies … on which we have held discussions with the university, the vice chancellor, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Education as to the best means of facilitating the payment of those monies because the services have already been rendered to those students. Therefore that commitment is there,” said the education minister. (LB)