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Gov't to review tertiary education funding – Holness
Published: Thursday, June 22, 2017 11:14:00 AM

Prime Minister Andrew Holness (centre), is in discussion with President, Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Dr Lincoln Edwards (right), at a fundraising banquet at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on June 15, 2017, to commemorate the inauguration of the new president. At left is Chairman, NCU Board of Governors, Pastor Everett Brown. (Photo: JIS)    

(Source Jamaica Observer)

KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Prime Minister Andrew Holness, says the Government will be undertaking a review of tertiary education funding.

He said the objective is to ensure that more students will have access to higher learning.

“A part of the transformation in the way in which we fund tertiary education is to fund the students rather than the institutions. I think if you do that, you will see institutions becoming more efficient, because they now have to compete for the students and I think, that, in itself, will make tertiary education more accessible and more affordable,” he said.

The prime minister was speaking at the Northern Caribbean University's fundraising banquet held on Thursday at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

Holness said the new funding arrangement will include careful negotiations and public discourse.
He said while the Government does not have the resources to make tertiary education free, there are ways to restructure student loans and the resources being provided so that more students are able to complete their courses.

“Every year, the number of students who register but then are unable to complete their courses is increasing, and it amounts almost to a waste because, you start, you pay down then can't finish, you drop out, and that money is gone,” he lamented.

He said the Government has heard the concerns regarding funding and is moving to make improvements.

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