Minister of Education Ronald Jones is advising regional tertiary institutions to invoke the spirit of Caribbean creativity in order to be effective in these times of economic hardship.
Jones last night told the launch of a three-day training course by the Association of Caribbean Tertiary Institutions (ACTI), the Caribbean had a history of creating plenty with little and the educators must continue in this vein.
“You have to go forward with new systems, processes, methodologies, to achieve whatever you want to achieve . . . . We know that we’ve always had scarce resources . . . not only at the level of tertiary education or education generally, but also at the level of all of our economies and societies,” the minister told the grouping of network and training support organizations.
“We are living in times of austerity. It will not last forever, but as times evolve and change you will find that you can’t return.”
Principal of University of the West Indies Open Campus Dr Luz Longsworth had earlier said the tertiary institutions were facing a challenge in effectively serving the region’s youth due to financial problems.
“We are faced with aligning to new financial realities, new governance models for the benefit of our students, our people and our countries.
“No matter how big or how small your institution is I am sure that we can all agree that these are very trying and very testing times for anyone who works in tertiary education,” Longsworth said.
In addition, ACTI President Dr Karl Dawson, who the former president of H Lavity Stoutt Community College in the British Virgin Islands, said the institutions were struggling to balance limited financial resources with providing a larger pool of students with higher quality education.