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Jan 17, 2013

Faber says decision is final; subsidy to UB will be discontinued

Patrick Faber

Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, came under fire recently because of a decision by the Ministry to discontinue the subsidy given to new students registering at the University of Belize. It’s a decision which has caused no end of anxiety with students who say that without the government subsidy, they simply won’t be able to go to UB. Faber has not changed his position, claiming that government currently owes the university four million dollars and just can’t afford to continue with the subsidy. We asked the Minister if there has been any flexibility in his position after taking into account the cry of students.


Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“I will tell you that at this time there can be no revisiting the position. We maintain that it is something that we cannot sustain. In fact, I will tell the nation that the government owes the University of Belize close to if not over four million dollars at this time and it is not fair for us to continue to rack of a bill. I think it would be irresponsible of us because the university also needs its funds to operate. And so the short answer Mister Bracket is that we don’t intend to revisit that decision. For those who are saying that more monies need to be sent there, I make absolutely no apologises for the fact that we are saying that should more monies be identified; that I would encourage the officials of my ministry and I will encourage the larger government to make sure that support is given for those monies to be spent at the foundation of our education system—in preschool education, in primary education and of course to create greater access and quality at the secondary level.”

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15 Responses for “Faber says decision is final; subsidy to UB will be discontinued”

  1. Storm says:

    How apart starting a student loan program, so instead of subsidies [read: spending taxpayer money] the students themselves will pay for their educations fully, but over time. These programs work in other countries, one could work here if it were organized intelligently.

    GOB owes UB $4-million — I wonder if GOB has squandered that amount elsewhere this year? Nobody knows because the national account books are incomplete and essentially fraudulent, per the general auditor.

    Power to the people.

  2. Ixchel Pop says:

    All this yet Faber is fighting for leadership position in this sinking ship…crying shame!

  3. Belmopaneze says:

    Not even 1 month ago, the PM Dean gave all his representatives $50,000 each to GIVE AWAY to their constituents over Christmas! …, then Faber comes and says no money to pay the teachers?? …and no money to subsidize UB?? …… ri-i-i-iiiiite! …..fool di tak but dah nuh fool dih listen! What a useless bunch of clowns!

  4. Belmopaneze says:

    by the way, at 50,000 per rep, and 16 reps, that amounts to $800,000.00 just in this one instance!! calling them useless is being charitable!

  5. melinda says:

    i dont like this man at all but i agree that too much subsidies is wrong.

  6. Concerned says:

    Faber says gov. doesn’t have money to give teachers raise, yet they have money to pay delincuents. All the money paid to gang members just to maintain peace, which as far as I see was futile, because city is a total mess. Come on Faber, dah so u aspire for deputy leader? Get your butt off your office chair and start working. I really hope Gapi stays as deputy leader, he is better than you.

  7. cayobway says:

    He haffu tek dah money fu pay fu get wah new mahindra pickup fu replace di wan weh e bredda
    done !@@@ up afta di party fi e nomination fu deputy leeda.

  8. raul guevara says:

    faber needs to by a new car after his bro crashed his one.

  9. Louisville,Ky says:

    @ Storm, I like that student loan idea. This is where DFC comes in. Back in the day when a Civil Servant or Student was given a scholarship to go on study leave, a part of the prerequesite was that they sign a contract to be in the employ of the Government for a few years to defray that expense.
    That condition probably won’t work for the UB scenario but once there’s a will, there’s a way.
    If the powers that be genuinely wants to help, they’ll find a way. The first thing they will say the reason the subsidy was discontinued was because they cannot afford it. Well…in view of all that is going on, how can they afford NOT to.
    Even if it means stopping that foolishness like paying gangsters, they have no choice but to help these Students. If not, it will be more of the same…and then some.

  10. ceo says:

    This is a joke! You as the Education top dog needs to find a way to help those that need the help.

    Tell you what why not get the Rosewood from the busts sell them on the foreigh market and pay off the kids tuition?

    Good leaders find a way out of no way!

  11. Ixchel Pop says:

    Tell student to pretend that they are from some the George Street Gang and the govt will give you a scholarship.

  12. Retired CEO says:

    Right on ceo! no one could have said it better. This faber bufoon needs to get his act together. Imagine the possibilities? he wants to be the next PM.

  13. Bear says:

    @Louisville, I like the student loan idea, too. Why not expect college students to pay for their own education, but try to find a way to make that realistically possible? Humans value what they pay for a lot more than what they are given.

    I have not researched it, but I am pretty confident that it may be possible to come up with a program where a solvent body, maybe through the UN (UNICEF, Millenium Challenge, or some other program) , could “co-sign” some part of loans to our students, where the actual money would come from one or more one of our banks. That way it doesn’t tie up any taxpayer money, which should not be necessary. That method also does not hand any cash to GOB, because that has a history of disappearing with nothing to show for it. From what I’ve read, that’s basically how it was done in the US until a couple years ago, when the government became a direct lender.

  14. Belizean says:

    I for one no di vote fi him! He done corrupt the management of the schools, now what do you think he’s going to do for the country. Take it deeper than it is already? He’s stupid as stupid gets.

  15. general says:

    What is this Government body trying to do..They are simply spending the money, that is supposed to be used to pay student tuition, into their own use. Whoever has heard of such behavior from a nations leader. I bet you all that if Musa was the Minister he would have been doing a better job..This type of government we are having now is simply killing us.The poor are becoming poorer and the rich are becoming richer. Lets get this government out of the house people.Come on.Lets act before it is too late.

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