Saturday, December 16, 2017

GATE FALLOUT*

The University of the West Indies forced to drop entry level

NUMBERS DON’T LIE: This chart, which is part of the letter of The University of the West Indies’ Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof Ann Marie Bissessar, shows the decreased numbers of offers made to evening applicants for the 2017/2018 academic year.


THE University of the West Indies (The UWI) has taken a decision to lower the entry requirements for the Faculty of Social Sciences given a drastic drop in the number of applicants.
The Express understands that with only 186 students having been offered places in its evening programmes to date, the Faculty of Social Sciences decided to cut its matriculation standards for entry and sought the approval of the Academic Board of the Campus to do this.
The decline in student applications was noticeable after Government took a policy decision to limit the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) and apply a means test for students who require financial assistance for tertiary education.
Calls to Education Minister Anthony Garcia’s phone yesterday went unanswered.

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