The newly constructed state of the art Dominica State College (DSC) is expected to increase the cost of it operations and management has already signaled that it will seek to put measures in place to address the problem.
On Monday, the $30-million facility opened its doors to 1,750 students, including 740 freshmen.
President of the DSC Donald Peters said the college’s budget will increase by at least 20 percent.
“We have appealed to parents and students to pay as much of their fees as possible because certainly government cannot pay 90 percent of the fees,” he said. “We have seen some encouraging start and we have systems in place for students who cannot pay everything. We have to keep funds coming in.”
Peters said he is also worried about what is expected to be an exorbitant electricity bill.
“The faculty and I met … we have our plans to green the DSC,” he noted. “This means that we are will be looking at alternative energy sources like windmill and solar in the future. We are also asking students in the meantime to conserve the use of energy. We will be monitoring that as strongly as we can.”
He also indicated that the DSC would also be looking for additional assistance from government to address the problem.