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Seaga’s contributions to education have been outstanding

Published:Saturday | June 1, 2019 | 12:12 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

President Stephen Vasciannie has written on the sterling contributions of The Most Hon Edward Seaga to the University of Technology (UTech), as chancellor of the institution. I knew Mr Seaga reasonably well, and I will comment additionally on two areas where he supported the institution and educational development but not in the capacity as chancellor.

As chairman of the Students’ Loan Council in its early days, I met him from time to time to brief him on its developments. Mr Seaga was the founder of the Students’ Loan Programme and he actively monitored how the programme was progressing.

During the aftermath of the very destructive Hurricane Gilbert in September 1988, he visited UTech (then CAST) and arranged for a cheque to be sent to the college for $5 million to help with repairs. It was a decision based on trust and his belief in the capacity of the institution to do a lot of the repairs itself. And so we did.

Mr Seaga’s many contributions to education have been outstanding and these two items have been long-lasting.

My family extends love and sympathy to Mr Seaga’s family and joins with the many others who have recognised his huge contributions to Jamaica’s development.

DR ALFRED SANGSTER

President Emeritus, UTech

alfredwsangster@gmail.com