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UWI Guild: Dozens of students will drop out of university, act quickly to help SLB

Published:Friday | August 15, 2014 | 9:10 AM

Jerome Reynolds, Staff Reporter

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Guild of Students at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus says it’s concerned about the future of Jamaican youth who want to pursue tertiary education.

Guild President Lerone Laing says if the Government does not move with urgency to implement measures to boost the financial health of the Students’ Loan Bureau (SLB), the country may have dark days ahead.

Laing’s comments follow the disclosure by Education Minister Ronald Thwaites that the SLB is facing a $1-billion shortfall to cover loans for students.

The UWI Guild President says this is a serious state of affairs.

According to him, dozens of students will have to drop out of university if the Government does not move with urgency to capitalise the SLB.

Laing says the UWI Guild will be meeting with the student governments of other universities and colleges to develop a comprehensive policy on funding tertiary education, which will be submitted to the Government.

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