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Jan 7, 2013

Will Ministry of Education pay fees for students?

Hope Amadi

While the students are taking action, there has been no direct communication with the ministry and Amadi says he is uncertain if talking would make a difference. Based on recent public comments by Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, the student government believes he has already made up his mind.


Hope Amadi

“We’ve been hearing a lot; we’ve been hearing a lot. Not directly but indirectly from the media; the minister calling and talking about it and giving his own reasons why he thinks that the students need to pay more. Apart from that, we have not sat one on one. I have gone to the office to try to talk to the minister but when I go there I have not gotten the opportunity to meet with him yet. We would hope that we get a good response from the minister but the question remains, what would you want to discuss with somebody—I mean, I wouldn’t mind discussing with the minister if he has an open heart to discuss the issues and how we can come to an amicable end. But if the minister has called in on the talk show saying that he thinks that the fees we are paying at UB is ridiculous and the fees need to be increased. If could say that publicly, in meeting—if could say that publicly then he is going to stand to that. 00:03:58 but we hope and we wish that he would change his mind and see from a different light, which is giving back to the promises he has made which is that when he becomes what he is right now, he will make sure that UB students don’t pay more. We want him to keep to that promise, we don’t want to pay more.”


Delahnie Bain

“And do you know if there is any kind of discussion going on maybe between the ministry and administration or executive of the school?”


Hope Amadi

“We do hope that there is conversation going on; we don’t know because it’s very intriguing to understand that I am a representative at the board level and I brought up the issue at the board level and I talk to them and the board told me straight up that the problem today is between the students and the government. The government comes back and the minister says the problem is between the students and the board. Now, both parties are running away from whose responsibility it is, but we still do believe that it is the responsibility of the government to cut down on the cost of education for these people. The board has made their own comments and they’ve raised the school fees but he government can still take on the responsibility of paying for the students.”


According to Amadi, up to this evening, only about one hundred and fifty-five students had registered, but many of them are incomplete registrations since the full fees were not paid. That number would include online registration from all campuses says Amadi.

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5 Responses for “Will Ministry of Education pay fees for students?”

  1. Rod says:

    Worse pm and gov. In the history of this country totally useless and incompetent when will the belizeans wake up and kick out this inept pm and gov.

  2. Al says:

    Did the minister;s brother pay for the government car that he totalled, or is the case file gone missing and all is forgiven. Maybe the minister will use the ciscontinued subsidy to replace the car. I am just trying to understand why education is not important in Belize anymore. One reason could be that if they keep the majority of the people uneducated, they can continure to lie to them and continue to rob them blind. These politicians don’t understand that someday they will be out of office and grow old in the same broken down situation they are creating and turning the country into.

  3. Louisville,Ky says:

    I read it somewhere in the media where the PM in his new year’s speech on the state of the Nation, that all is bright and beautiful, from an economic stand point in the Jewel.
    What with the $300 million that he saved the tax payers from having to pay on the super bond?
    Paying tuition for UB students out of that would be a most beneficial long term investment he could ever make, as Minister of Finance.
    Would that be asking too much? Oh……… I forgot, this is not an election year.

  4. Belizean2dbone says:

    How would Amadi Hope (failed PUP Bmp Cty Council Candidate) know how much people had registered when registration is done online and payments made at the Banks? This is an obvious attempt to mislead people. Reliable sources (UB employee) indicated that as much as 2,500 student had registered up to yesterday.

  5. Storm says:

    Amadi, why go to the Minister’s office if you have not made an appointment to see him? I’m no big fan of Hon. Faber, but I’m sure he has other things to do than sit in his office waiting for someone to drop in unannounced. I think you’re wrong in your goal, and you’re wrong in the way you are trying to accomplish it.

    Unless the real goal is to see yourself in the media.

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