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Jan 25, 2013

UB Student Government to protest loss of G.O.B. subsidy

Hope Amadi

The last day for late registration for the University of Belize is this Monday. On that day the student body represented by Nation Builders also plans a demonstration in the nation’s capital. That is because the government is no longer providing a subsidy for new students entering UB. In a letter dated January twenty first, student government president Hope Amadi said he expected a positive response from the Minister of Education by the twenty fourth. Twenty four hours has passed and there has been no response from the ministry. Amadi told the media late this evening that some of the students were securing the permit for Monday’s demonstration in the capital.


Hope Amadi, President, UB Student Government

“We are hoping for the permit today. We have a group at police station right now trying to get a permit for a protest on Monday. We are hoping that the Minister and Belizeans at large acknowledge and know how much our children have grown over the years. We hope by this that the Minister will understand how serious the students are when it comes to things that affect them the most; which is the subsidy.”


Jose Sanchez

“How successful or unsuccessful was your actions of not having new students register?”


Hope Amadi

“I would say it was successful because from the information I got, they had about three hundred students; they had about five hundred and something admitted students and only about three hundred and something registered, but I don’t know if they have paid yet or not.”


Jose Sanchez

“I checked with them and they said they had over three thousand students registered for January—more than January 2012—and they have a hundred more students than they did last year. Have you registered?”


Hope Amadi

“As an old student, we had pre-registration; that means you register before the semester.”


Jose Sanchez

“So you have been registered?”


Hope Amadi

“I pre-registered before the end of the semester. According to them they said my…was taken off but I have some money in my account automatically I am still in the system and nobody can stop me from leaving the university. But the issue today is to make everyone understand that we are moving forward with the fact that we don’t think it is realistic for government or the minister of education to come up to say that it is going to cut our subsidy to help people or the less privilege in the society to get a tertiary education. We sent a letter to the minister Monday. We asked the minister to reply to us by Thursday. Since yesterday, we didn’t get any reply from the minister; there was no comment and nothing said. So this means he is not taking us serious. He thinks we are not serious in the pursuit we have decided to take.”


Jules Vasquez, Channel 7

“Don’t you take a risk of embarrassing yourself, because right now Hope, respect, but you one di stand up yah. And this is the second time I am seeing this.”


Hope Amadi

“No, no, no, no, no. Like I have said earlier, we have the group in Belmopan trying to get the permit for. I’m telling you we have group in Belmopan that is getting the permit on Monday. They are supposed to be here. if you listened earlier, they were asking if they should come down and I told them it wouldn’t make any sense them coming down because it would be late. We have Belize Student Government right here in Belize City  and I think if you see them, you can ask them question where they stand on the issue. Then you would know if I am standing alone or not standing alone.”


Jules Vasquez

“Hope. Real talk mein, respect. These people don’t want to stand behind yo; right now they are sitting down over there. People are not embracing this issue for whatever reason.”


Hope Amadi

“That is the issue you see; that is the issue that we’ve been asking Belizeans to understand. They tell me what are you doing? When it comes to action, nobody is going to stand behind you; that is what Belizeans do. And that is why the government has been using it against us.”


Two weeks ago Nations Builders had asked for a boycott of registration by new students but information from the University of Belize is that more students registered this year despite the call for a boycott.

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1 Response for “UB Student Government to protest loss of G.O.B. subsidy”

  1. Storm says:

    Get a job, Amadi. The day of the free lunch has come to a crashing end along with the national economy. You’re a smart college boy, you’re smart enough to look around and see the Jewel is suffering.

    Which of us owes you a free college education, and why? Because you’re demanding that other people pay their money for your benefit.

    Other students need to use their own brains independently to figure if they should go off the cliff with Amadi by not registering. I wouldn’t, I’d pursue my own future the best way possible, work hard and sacrifice to get through.

    That said, I think it is worthwhile to see if a national student LOAN program can be set up, but that won’t happen right away, if ever.

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