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No financial assistance for delinquent UWI students without application for help - gov't

Published:Saturday | April 22, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Outside the gates of the University of the West Indies Mona campus.

The Ministry of Education says delinquent students at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona campus who are in danger of not being allowed to sit final exams will get no assistance from the government if they fail to submit applications to the relevant agencies.

The Education Minister Ruel Reid has written to principal of the UWI, Archibald McDonald indicating that students who are approved for financial assistance under the government’s $100 million relief arrangement should be allowed to sit their exams.

President of the Guild of Students at the UWI Mona Mikaela Gonzales revealed this week that more than 1,000 students, including many in their final semester, would be barred from sitting final exams because of outstanding fees.

On Wednesday, Reid announced that the government had provided the UWI Mona with $100 million to assist students facing hardships.

In a statement today, the education ministry said students who do not apply through the Students Loan Bureau or the Jamaica Values and Attitude programme would not be offered any relief to clear outstanding arrears.

The ministry says students who require an extension to clear arrears by the end of this month should be allowed up to April 30 to do so.

However, it says no relief will be provided to this group and indicated that students who do not apply, as well as those not approved under the government’s relief arrangement, will not be entitled to sit exams until arrears are cleared.