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Traditional UWI halls not being demolished - McDonald

Published:Saturday | February 4, 2017 | 2:24 AM
Professor McDonald says he’s checked with the Registrar and there are no such plans.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Professor Archibald McDonald, is refuting reports the institution plans to demolish all its traditional halls of residence.

The university has already knocked down sections of the oldest residence, Irvine Hall.

There were reports that Chancellor Hall, Taylor Hall or Seacole Hall would follow.

However, Professor McDonald says he’s checked with the Registrar and there are no such plans.

He points out that a decision was taken to remodel Irvine Hall due to the state of disrepair of that facility.

McDonald says he’s angry because the news report was totally false.

Meanwhile, Professor McDonald says the UWI is committed to providing an array of housing options for students residing on campus.

In refuting reports that students are being forced to pay exorbitant hall fees due to the development of new residences by a private company, Prof McDonald reportedly told JIS News that the campus offers student accommodation for a range of prices.

He says while there are $50,000 per month rooms, there are also rooms for 18 and $19,000 in the traditional halls.

McDonald says improvement works are being done on the traditional halls to provide more satisfactory living facilities.

The remodelling of Irvine Hall is slated for completion in August in time for the start of the new academic year.