Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit, has said that it is unfair for students to be sent home or denied the opportunity to write examinations because they cannot afford to pay tuition fees.
The Prime Minister’s remarks came while he was making a $100,000 cash injection toward the creation of a financial aid program at the Dominica State College (DSC), on Tuesday.
“I’ve said to the President, I need to know of these students and as Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, we will find the resources to pay for these students, but I do not want anybody to be sent home because it is not necessary,” Skerrit stated .
He noted that the payment of tuition fees always places a burden on the College and said that the government started using the college to implement training initiatives under the small business and employment program and it is their hope to make some money out of this which can be used to reduce the burden on the ministry of education.
“Nonetheless, we have to continue supporting the students who are unable to meet the tuition fees. And I have always said that is unfair and unwarranted for the college to send anybody home because they cannot meet the cost of the tuition or for the college to deny anybody the opportunity to sit an exam because he or she cannot pay his tuition fees.”
The Prime minister also said that he will give instructions to the state owned institutions to make contributions annually to the financial aid program. He added that it is his hope that the private sector and those who have benefited from the education at the State College, will make contributions to the program so that all the students can benefit.
The financial aid program will be managed by the Dominica State College on behalf of the Ministry of Education. The program will assist students to meet their tuition fees to attend the Dominica State College.
DSC President, Dr. Donald Peter, received the cheque on behalf of the Dominica State College at the school’s newly built auditorium.