Yesterday, we had reason to interact with a young Barbadian who attends the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill. One of our frequent commenters, Bush Tea may feel vindicated by the feedback from this student. His refreshing insight – the young student has done more than most and started his own blog – about Professor Beckles vision for that tertiary institution caused us to ponder. After our pondering several IF statements emerged, here are three :-
What IF the Professor is plain wrong?
What IF the Professor’s vision is out of step with what is required to create a student for the world?
What IF the Professor steely focus on cricket development is to the detriment of other initiatives which might prepare more Caribbean people to be self-sufficient?
Here is what our young UWI friend had to say:
Actually I want to do some investigating about the man who I referred to previously as a Social Prostitute, one Hilary Beckles, Principle Professor Dr. Pro Vice Chancellor. His one graduand from every household (no matter what) policy was lauded as a wonderful step forward for Barbadians from whom education was being kept (News to me cuz I swear a non-satellite person made sure it was accessible across the board.) Anyway, being a man of your intellect, you would be aware of the fact that there are ways of keeping things away from certain demographics by institutionalized racism/classism etc., however more subtle but none-the-less as separatist is the putting things out of financial reach. Now that *insert expletive* two faced *curse word curse word* is going to champion the sudden enrollment of under-qualified persons into UWI while simultaneously raising prices and passing them off as what’s the term again… um… Economic Costs for University, right. As both a student and employee I am annoyed at the system up there and the fact that man in good need of a slap and a shave is constantly revered as the Lord and Saviour of tertiary level cricket, er I mean education in Barbados.
I give him one big STUPSE!
Is this a majority view and if so what is the Student Guild doing about it?