By BBN Staff: The Opposition, People’s United Party (PUP) issued a statement today calling on the Government of Belize to write off students arrears at the University of Belize.
“The People’s United Party registers its extreme dismay at the news that the national university, the Government subsidized University of Belize (UB), is threatening to kick out over 100 students who are unable to meet their financial obligations on time. The Government, and the Minister of Education continue to trumpet the critical importance of education, yet here they are prepared to remove access to education from these students in a matter of days,” the PUP noted.
The PUP reminds that the Government forgave a loan debt of $40,000 to Joshua Perdomo, the son of one of their own privileged colleagues and it was only public humiliation which prompted the Perdomo family to allegedly make payment. But for the Government administration, the write-off was a done deal.
In addition, the PUP says that the Barrow administration would no doubt, have continued to pay over $200,000 annually to the daughter of Foreign Minister, Wilfred Elrington, who asked late last year that this courtesy be extended to her while on extended study leave.
The party says that it is unacceptable that the government has no difficulty in affording financial benefits to the members of their ‘Friends and Family’ club, who are already wealthy and privileged, but are prepared to allow the University to kick out over 100 students who cannot meet their financial obligations.
The PUP calls on the Government of Belize, through the Ministry of Education to intervene in whatever way possible and necessary to ensure that students are not de-registered.
” These students are the present and future of our nation, and we cannot allow them to lose out on their education. Something MUST be done NOW,” the statement ends.