Tertiary education to remain free in Barbados

(Barbados Nation) Prime Minister Freundel Stuart says tertiary education in Barbados will remain free across the board, dismissing suggestions that only the “less well off” should receive state subsidies.

And, he insists that reintroducing tuition fees would be a step backwards in the country’s development.

Addressing the 38th graduation ceremony of the Barbados Community College (BCC) on Sunday night, Stuart said that the country’s model of free education across the board was admired and praised by international development agencies for its extraordinary emphasis on human capital and the contribution it had made to the country’s exemplary progress.

On the other hand, he said, Barbados was continually being badgered by international financial institutions to end “unsustainable entitlements”.

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