IN a major coverage shift beginning this fall, Bahamian college students enrolled full-time at the University of Bahamas may be required to handiest preserve a 2.Zero grade point common to acquire unfastened training and full financial insurance of their compulsory route prices.Scholarship and provide programs to UB have until now required college students to maintain a minimum 3.Zero GPA.Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest stated the new policy will increase accessibility to better schooling for many. He additionally defended the coverage from critics who believe the lowered GPA requirement removes an incentive for students to attain the proper 3.0 GPA threshold.
After the Minnis administration announced its loose training promise closing yr without imparting details, observers struggled to distinguish the plan from the authorities’s longstanding policy of granting unfastened lessons to students who qualify under the national bursary initiative, which turned into installing in 1978. The bursary program required students to hold a three. Zero GPA, however Minister of Education Jeff Lloyd previously cited it does not cowl complete fees of tuition.
That and comparable scholarship and provide programmes––which includes nursing, schooling, and scholar-athlete monetary assistance programmes––could be consolidated underneath the new Bahamas Government Tertiary Education Grant Programme. The program will cover lessons and all obligatory charges, such as generation charges, scholar hobby fees, library prices, course lab costs, and the necessary course external examination rate. However, simplest Bahamian citizens enrolled complete-time at UB are eligible.
A UB advertisement posted in The Tribune yesterday said: “Current UB students receiving the nursing and schooling offers, scholar athlete economic assistance and the countrywide bursary as well as college students starting up enrollment for Fall 2019 ought to all apply to be taken into consideration.”
In a press launch, UB stated the authorities “reserves the right to bond furnish recipients in unique disciplines (ie trainer training, nurses schooling).”
Mr. Turnquest instructed journalists the university’s analysis suggests the program will price about $19 million.
“We’ve provided for that (within the price range),” he stated. “We fully trust that is funded and in an effort to be sustainable for a long time. The typical objective is to ensure lessons might be reachable to all of us and that price range do not end up a quandary to achievement for otherwise gifted children.”
Addressing grievance that the GPA requirement is just too low, he stated: “We generally tend to sell people short, that because they come out of faculty maybe with a mean GPA that that’s by some means going to avert their achievement in college. I can inform you many situations wherein people who have been discounted have long past on and stuck fire because they’re now doing what they’re honestly interested in in terms of most important or profession, they trap fireplace and become very a hit. We aren’t within the business of trying to pull returned or limit all of us or discourage them from attaining their complete potential so this is an investment in younger people of this u. S. A. And an investment in the destiny of this usa. We need proficient people and we want them from an extensive and numerous spectrum of society.”
Mr. Turnquest was speakme to the clicking on the sidelines of a Rotary Club of West Nassau meeting at Poop Deck on West Bay Street.
In a video addressing the program, UB President Dr. Rodney Smith said the program does now not cowl non-guidance costs like the safety deposit, application expenses, add-and-drop expenses, and books. It does not cowl repeated courses or publications taken within the summertime besides in extenuating circumstances sanctioned via the college.
Grant recipients have to complete their direction necessities within five years after beginning their studies, he said, until there are extenuating circumstances and the college offers an extension.
A UB press assertion stated: “Accommodation bills of $500 consistent with the person can also be given during the college yr (August to April) to every pupil who meets the standards. To qualify, college students need to have moved from any other island of the Bahamas to undertake the route of look at, or in any other case be (or had been) award of the country, in foster care, or in a youngsters’s home; be enrolled full-time; be less than 25 years vintage at the time of enrolment; and comply with reside in university lodging for the primary full years of have a look at, provided that enough lodging is to be had to residence them. In those instances, the accommodation offers might be applied immediately to their housing prices. However, if following the grace length for educational probation, a student fails to growth their GPA to the minimal 2.0, then the lodging payments will give up.”