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Jan 3, 2013

Government subsidy for UB comes to an end

Aside from the increase in rates hitting the business community, university students are also facing a fee increase. That has prompted action by the National Student Government of the University of Belize. Its President, Hope Amadi, told the media today that they are urging incoming students, preparing for enrolment during the second semester, to boycott registration. The boycott comes in light of a proposal by the Ministry of Education to terminate government subsidy to the university.  The allowance began in 2006 to avoid a previous intended increase in student fees.  That recommendation was directly opposed by the former UB student government led by Moses Sulph, forcing the ministry to absorb the increase.  With the allocation ceased, an estimated five hundred and fifty new students will now have to bear the additional expenses.  Today, during a press conference, members of Nation Builders, an organization primarily comprised of past and present students of UB, made their position clear – they will not be participating in the upcoming registration.


Hope Amadi, National President, UB Student Government

Hope Amadi

“Nobody is happy and I don’t think, even though you’re listening to me today, I don’t think you’ll be happy with what is going on at the campus.  Fourteen percent unemployment rate in the country, almost forty-five percent poverty rate in the country, what do you want more?  Do you want to make everybody beg?  We cannot go on the street and start begging.  As it is stated, the University of Belize is the last hope for those who are less privileged in the country.  What do we mean by that?  We are saying that the forty-five percent poverty rate, these are the group of people who go to the University of Belize and you still want more out of us.  We have appealed to the government, we’ve asked the minister to think about his action and reconsider, amicably, to come up with ways that this problem could be resolved, but yet nothing is happening.  If the subsidy is removed, if we are to pay the subsidy, each student will be paying additionally, almost three hundred and sixty dollars additionally per semester.  Where can we find that money? We want that when you come in for Monday, registration starts tomorrow.  Tomorrow we’ll have new students coming in on Friday for orientation or registration.  We are not registering.  I am not registering.  If the fees remain the same way I am not registering.  I am urging students, I am urging the university students who think or who deem it necessary that the fees should not increase, show solidarity.  Do not register.  Let’s make the minister understand that we cannot pay the increase.”

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4 Responses for “Government subsidy for UB comes to an end”

  1. Storm says:

    This is hard medicine, but necessary and fair. The student benefits from the education throughout his life, why should someone else pay for it? What people receive free they don’t value like something they earned.

    I think we need a national student loan program so that qualified students can borrow enough to get a degree, and then pay it back from their increased earnings, There could even be a program to forgive some of the loan if the graduate spends some years in public service.

  2. oscar965 says:

    Government has NO Money. It’s all Gone. Do not ask where..that’s another topic… We are not like other countries where education is free. I agree with Storm. It is hard medecine but necessary and fair. If you do not have the money…work …earn it and then continue your education. If that was good for me…why not for these students. Students now a days have it far more easy than 20 years ago when we had very little choice. Ni modos UB Students…work…get a part time job..and the continue your education.

  3. Ryan says:

    I agree that students have to pay! Government can no longer support this tab at our expense! In the end it is a student / family investing in the future!

  4. BZE says:

    I don’t understand why ppl are still disagreeing with this plight of these students. Educations is fundamental of everything. You who know what is to have an education even if you had to work for it should be more conscious support this cause. I don’t which our ministers can understand this yet. i stand in solidarity with these students and don’t agree with the idea of having to pay a penny more. Doing this is depriving many people from achieving a decent education and hopefully making a difference. come on ppl.

  5. ArAb says:

    A rate increase is long overdue at the University of Belize. The country will not survive while trying to support the university. The university needs to invest in programs to get foreign students to come to Belize at higher rates and not in providing lower rates in this economy. With a greater foreign student body, foreign income, maybe then the students of Belize with see lower rates and better university environment. The school will not survive nor will the country. Why are they not complaining about Galen’s prices.

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