The possible impacts of the recently announced amendments to the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) programme have been weighing heavily on the minds of many students across the country. But one institution is reassuring its student population that they will be able to persevere.
President of the College of Science Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago COSTAATT, Dr Gillian Paul, in an interview with News Power Now shared her views on the impending changes. She indicated that the Government is in a very difficult financial position at this time and it is not possible to please everyone with the tough decisions that have to be taken. However the proposed measures are the best-case scenario for the largest number of persons.
Since current students will continue to receive funding for the 2016-17 academic year, Dr Paul does not foresee these changes to have much impact on student enrollment at the college, adding that COSTAATT, in its mandate to facilitate access to underserved groups, is committed to ensuring affordability as one of its major tenets as an accredited institution.
Dr Paul also stated that the college is remains dedicated to supporting lifelong learning and will be reaching out to students over the age of 50 in the coming weeks to determine the extent of their needs in order to continue development initiatives.
Meanwhile News Power Now was able to reach out to students of the college to get their viewpoint on the GATE amendments.