The Task Force which was established to make recommendations on the restructuring of the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) Programme, in order to implement stricter ruler and polices and clamp down persons who have been taking advantage of the State’s funding, submitted a two part report to Cabinet on Thursday July 14th, 2016 for considerations.
Minister of Education Anthony Garcia said he is concerned that the report was leaked to the media before discussions at the Government level had begun. Despite his reassurance to students that the recommendations are not yet final, many are dreading the possibility of the GATE being closed.
In an interview with the Power Breakfast Show this morning, former Tertiary Education Minister and Member of Parliament, Fazal Karim lamented the fact that students are being burdened by these proposed changes. He stated that under the Peoples Partnership Government there were no plans of cutting funding, instead, the programme was expanded.
Karim also said that other avenues should have been considered by the current administration as education must be seen as an investment not a liability.
Former Tertiary Education Minister and Member of Parliament, Fazal Karim.