Dominican students at the Cave Hill Campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI) won’t have to worry about paying tuition fees – for now.
Principal of the Barbados campus, Professor Eudine Barriteau says a decision was taken to defer fees this academic year, in light of the devastation caused in Dominica by Tropical Storm Erika late last month. The storm resulted in deaths and major damage to homes and infrastructure in the Caribbean island.
“While all other Caribbean nationalities enrolled at the Cave Hill Campus face the now annual challenge of ensuring that they are in good financial standing at the start of each semester in order to pursue their studies, we at Cave Hill took an early decision to defer all payments owed by our Dominican students until such time as their sponsors, whether they be guardians, relatives or the government of Dominica itself, find the situation at home sufficiently improved to deal with such matters,” Barriteau said.
“We felt that this was the very least we could do as a campus, in spite of our own well known financial challenges.”
The principal made the disclosure at a press conference yesterday when she spoke about the Celebrity T20 cricket match in Barbados this Saturday, in support of Dominica.
The T20 match at Kensington Oval will see a WICB President’s Celebrity XI play against a UWI Vice-Chancellor’s Celebrity XI. Each team will field six West Indies cricketers and five Caribbean celebrities.
Sporting personalities including former West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago cricketer Brian Lara, Tobago-born footballer Dwight Yorke and Jamaican Olympian Yohan Blake are among the celebrities who will play.