Malahoo Forte provides financial support to students
A number of University of the West Indies students from the West Central St James constituency of Marlene Malahoo Forte, who were facing deregistration due to outstanding tuition fees, are now smiling, thanks to the financial support she provided them with last week.
Malahoo Forte, who is also Jamaica's attorney general, donated several grants to the undergraduates, as well as to a few secondary-level students in a handover ceremony at her constituency office in Catherine Hall, St James.
"All these students were on the brink of dropping out, and I could not sit and allow that to happen," said Malahoo Forte.
"There were a lot of applicants for educational aid and among them were students who were threatened with deregistration, but I would not want to see a student who has gone through the qualifying and enrolment stage get deregistered."
According to the first-time member of parliament (MP), for many persons, education is the only route to lift them and their families out of poverty, and so, they should be given the opportunity to maximise their potential while enrolled in university.
"There are many persons with tremendous ability, but the context of their home is not allowing them to realise their potential. We are going to have to pay closer attention to what is happening in the homes as well as urge parents to make better decisions," the MP said.
Twenty-year-old Callese Allen, one of the beneficiaries who was threatened with the possibility of deregistration, told The Gleaner that she is a first-year law student who was finding it difficult to come up with the funds to cover her remaining tuition fee after her brother, the breadwinner of in her family, died recently.
"Getting this assistance from the MP will help me to now enter the examinations and set me up for the next semester, because the outstanding balance will be cleared and I will be in a better position," said Allen.
Future marine engineer O'Daine Randall, who is enrolled at the Caribbean Maritime Institute, was quite gracious for his assistance, noting that the grant will help him to continue his studies and realise his dream.