It appears as though the crisis at the University of Guyana has only caught the attention of your editorial page and a few letter writers. Although the election is around we are yet to see a policy statement on UG from any of the three political parties. Since the parties might agree we cannot develop without an educated, skilled and creative population, I think it is high time they outlined a vision for the country’s only university. I would be listening carefully for plausible answers to the following questions.
- How will they finance a high quality and free university education?
- Who will tell the students that they have to give something for a free high quality university education? Or should they pay something? How much?
- How will they deal with the lecturers and administrators who are more concerned with turf protection than with education and research?
- How does the university fit into the party’s wider vision for development?
- How would the university be restructured to better serve the national good?
I look forward to reading the policy statements from the political parties.