By BBN Staff: Earlier this week we reported that the University of Belize (UB) was in the process of de-registering over a 100 students for non-payment.
Former Chair of the UB Board of Trustees, Dr. Louis Zabaneh, condemned this move via a social media post.
He revealed that the subvention from the Government of Belize to UB was increased from $7 million in 2005 to $10 million in 2007 at a time when there were about 2,500 students at UB, which reflected a total of $4,000 per student.
He further revealed that the subvention was only increased this year to $11 million with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 students.
“That is a drop to $2,200 per student, meaning that students have had to take on more and more of the cost of their education,” wrote Zabaneh.
He added, “… when GOB provides a subvention to UB, students still pay tuition and fees to make up the overall budget cost of over $30 million per year at UB.”
Zabaneh argues that students are bearing a higher burden than before and as such the university needs to be much more empathetic in dealing with student arrears.
He says that instead of shaming students, UB should put the government to task.