The University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill Campus has deferred fees for Dominican students at the start of this academic year in the wake of Tropical Storm Erika.
Principal of the Cave Hill Campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau made the announcement this morning at a news conference to announce the hosting of a celebrity T20 Cricket Match, WICB President’s Celebrity XI vs UWI Vice-Chancellor’s Celebrity XI in support of Dominica relief efforts at Kensington Oval on Saturday.
“While all other Caribbean nationalities enrolled at the Cave Hill campus face the now annual challenge of ensuring that they are in good financial standing at the start of each semester, in order to pursue their studies, we at Cave Hill took an early decision to defer all payments owed by our Dominican students until such time as their sponsors, whether they be guardians, relatives or the government of Dominica itself, find the situation at home sufficiently improved to deal with such matters,” Professor Barriteau said.
She added that this means students are now free to pursue their studies “without the additional worry of where their fees are coming from at this difficult time”.
“We felt that this was the very least we could do as a campus in spite of our own well-known financial challenges.”
Professor Barriteau also applauded the efforts of staff and students at the campus to assist in relief efforts for the country.
Meanwhile Pro-Vice Chancellor and acting principal of the UWI’s Open Campus, Dr Luz Longsworth told reporters that since the passage of the storm, the nearly 400 students in Dominica have been facing several challenges in resuming their studies due to the disruption of internet and electricity services.
“Some of our students have had to defer starting this academic year and we are working to get them online by January,” she said.
Dr Longsworth also called on the public to support “what is certain to be an exciting T20 celebrity match,” in support of the people of Dominica.