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Barbados PM defends decision to end UWI tuition payments

Published:Saturday | August 17, 2013 | 7:43 AM

Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart has defended the decision of his government to no longer pay tuition fees for nationals studying at the University of the West Indies (UWI).

He says free tertiary education was never intended to last forever.

Stuart told legislators that his administration wanted nationals to understand that the new policy is being implemented in an effort to ensure the economic stability of the island.

In his budget presentation on Tuesday, Finance and Economic Affairs Minister Chris Sinckler said that effective 2014, Barbadian students pursuing studies at the university’s three campuses will be required to pay their own tuition fees, while the government continues to fund economic costs.


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