Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Dr Justin Robinson says it is not fair to blame financial reasons for the fall in the number of applicants to the University of the West Indies (UWI) Cave Hill.
And he believes that the much discussed issue of elitism will find its way in who can afford access to university education not because its cost may be out of the reach of some but because persons are under utilising several financing opportunities available to them.
Speaking on the sidelines of a student recognition ceremony hosted by the faculty at the 3Ws Pavilion of the UWI yesterday, Robinson suggested that since the introduction of tuition fees in 2014, some people automatically think they cannot afford a university education without even applying.
As a result, the campus recorded a 30 per cent decline in applicants; with Robinson stating that over 95 per cent were mature students. And even though in the introductory year of the fees there was a significant number of student dropouts this has not been the case recently, he said. (SDB Media)
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