The Ministry of Education seeks to add further clarification to the issue of ‘Government’s non-payment of full tuition and other fees for additional scholars studying in Jamaica’ as was asked in the Senate on Tuesday January 22nd, 2018. The Ministry has maintained and upholds all commitments, financial and otherwise to all students awarded scholarships by the government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. As it pertains to the aforementioned question Minister of Education the Honourable Anthony Garcia, reiterates Cabinet’s decision of March 2018 which states:
1. (a) “with effect from September 2018, recipients of Additional National Scholarships who are desirous of pursuing their programmes of study at the Mona or Cave Hill campuses of the University of the West Indies (UWI) be paid full tuition and compulsory fees applicable to the respective campus, as well as the other allowances to which Additional National Scholars are normally entitled, only if such scholars can provide evidence that they had applied to St. Augustine campus and did not gain admission;”
2. (b) “where an Additional National Scholar is guaranteed a place at the St. Augustine campus or obtains a deferral for one (1) academic year and opts to study at Mona or Cave Hill Campuses of UWI, he/she should be eligible for payment of the tuition and compulsory fees applicable to the St. Augustine Campus.”
Minister Garcia also noted that when students were identified as facing challenges with payments, upon investigating the matter, it was revealed that many of these students had not yet signed a Scholarship Agreement with the Ministry of Education. As a result, no funds can be made available for tuition or other payments.
The Ministry’s Scholarships and Advanced Training Division has indicated its willingness to facilitate a speedy and amicable resolve to this issue once the necessary documentation is completed and signed by the scholars.