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Contact: Claudia Monlouis

Monday, March 31, 2003 - Innovative financial measures will have to be implemented to recover the cost of tertiary education in the region. Her Excellency the Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy, made this recommendation while addressing participants of the UWI Tertiary Level Institute Unit at their second annual staff retreat in Saint Lucia.

In examining some of the important considerations that need to be taken into account, in the provision of tertiary education in countries with modest resources, the Governor General identified credibility, cost, commitment and institutional coordination as three factors which are significant to the region.

Citing the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College as an example, the institution’s former principal remarked, that the college has had to increase its fees to recover some of its operational costs.

“A three tier fee structure accommodates nationals, CARICOM students and international students, with the latter paying the full economic cost of $10,000 per academic year. Currently, registration is by programme, with a fixed fee ranging from $300 to $1,780.”

Her Excellency Dame Pearlette indicated that because tertiary level institutions are primarily mandated to teach, income generating initiatives cannot easily be incorporated in their financing strategies.

“Therefore the financing of tertiary education within the OECS context, could very well be an issue which the Tertiary Level Institutes - (TLI) can address as a body with recommendations submitted to the OECS Ministers of education, for consideration at their annual conferences,” said Dame Pearlette.

The Tertiary Level Institution Unit retreat which comprised senior personnel from Saint Lucia, Barbados and Jamaica came to a close on Friday.

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