“Acknowledging how WORTHLESS most of the UWI degree programmes are to society and to the earning power of individual students would be a good start.”
UWI is sinking financially, but that might be a good thing
The Government of Barbados is behind in promised payments to the University of the West Indies by over US$100 million dollars.
Tongue in cheek as a taxpayer (and not a tax-vampire like so many of my fellow Bajans) I say that you can look at it as BDS$200 million and hope the currency will be devalued. Or you can value the debt in Jamaican dollars (11,190,083,000.00 JMD). Or Mexican pesos. Or Japanese Yen…
It really doesn’t matter how it’s counted it if Barbados can’t honour it…
And Barbados cannot make the promised payments to UWI. We are making thousands redundant in the civil service, cutting infrastructure development and maintenance, and still the government can’t meet continuing payrolls without further borrowing. There is no money for UWI.
For all his book-learning, Sir Hilary Beckles can be pretty thick at times, but at least he had the courage to speak the truth yesterday talking to Barbados Today, saying “In my own judgment I think if the Government had the resources they would have made them available to us, but the fact is that they don’t have them”.
That’s correct, Sir Hilary: no money, no honey. The coin jar is empty.
Sir Hilary’s solution, however, is to forgive tuition to students this September and hope that Barbados somehow comes up with the money.
Sir Hilary, PAY ATTENTION!
Here is where the academic world and the real world collide…
HOPE IS NOT A STRATEGY.
A better idea: Shut down UWI at Cave Hill. Teach young people to install toilets, mix concrete, grow crops.
How many degree-holding sales clerks can Bridgetown support? How many useless BAs in Linguistics, French, Fine Arts, Creative Thinking, Philosophy and Social Studies can a small island nation of 250,000 citizens support?
How many lawyers do we need on this island? How many mathematicians with a BSc in pure mathematics?
Why do we continue to educate a huge proportion of our young people with degrees that they will never be able to profit from unless they leave not only Barbados, but the Caribbean? Continue reading