UG tuition to increase – Vice Chancellor
Recently appointed University of Guyana Vice Chancellor, Professor Jacob Opadeyi on Thursday announced that plans are in the pipeline to increase tuition fees.
Briefing the press Professor Opadeyi could not say as to the day or time this plan will materialise.
It is the view of Professor Opadeyi that the current University of Guyana $127,000.00 per academic year cost is “lessons fee” compared to what obtains at other universities.
Professor Opadeyi also posited that increased tuition fees would be tied to an improved quality of education, which fits on par with international standards.
The university, he added, would continue to run the risk of having low quality teachers if no one wants to pay for the services of the lecturers.
“You want high quality teachers, you pay high quality salaries because if you are saying people with BSc shouldn’t be teaching, it means you have money to hire MSc. Take advantage of CSME, let our nationals go to Trinidad and fight it up as engineers not traders, that’s an investment we have to make. “
Opadeyi said the proposed increase in fees is one of the areas mentioned in the Caribbean Development Bank-funded study on UG’s governance, titled – “The Trevor Hamilton Report”.
This document would be presented to all the stakeholders later this month. In this regard he is confident that the government will support the move to increase the tuition cost.
Opadeyi said the university desperately needs financial support to meet increase in salaries and improve the physical structure of the campus.
Another concern expressed by the Professor, is the fact that the University of Guyana, is currently operating at a deficit of an estimated GY$300M.