University of Guyana students may no longer have to worry about the 5% increase in their tuition, at least not for the current academic year.
UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith met with students yesterday and said he intends to propose a postponement in the implementation of the increase by a year.
He agreed with the students that they should have been properly consulted before the increase was announced via email.
The Vice Chancellor said there will eventually have to be further adjustments to the tuition fees but it ought not be done into the new academic year and as a surprise for students.
He told the students that “you have a right to be angry about that letter that came to you last week. I, as Vice Chancellor, owe you an apology and I give it to you now but you need more than my apology. The university did not do what we should’ve done, administratively”.
On Monday, a small group of students picketed the university campus over the increases. There was widespread condemnation on social media over the weekend as students learnt of the increases through an email that was blasted to students by the University administration.
Many students said while they understand the need to adjust the tuition fees, it ought to be done properly and not thrown at them like an October surprise.