Georgetown, Guyana – (August 12, 2015) The Government of Guyana has announced that it will join with other Caribbean countries to take a cohesive action and a proactive approach to dealing with the decision by the Hugh Wooding Law School’s to raise its tuition fees without prior notice.
According to the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, who made the disclosure at the post Cabinet press briefing today, at the Ministry of the Presidency, the Law school’s increase, is in the view of the administration, arbitrary and puts pressure on the students especially.
“Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams had informed that the Hugh Wooding Law School would be increasing its fees to be paid for students who are now going into their second year at the Law school and for the incoming students that will be attending that institution. Cabinet felt that this increase without notice was not one which can be supported.” he said.
Minister Harmon said Cabinet has been advised by the Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams that several other countries in the region have viewed the increase as arbitrary and want it to be put on hold. To this end, he said, Guyana is currently facilitating discussions with the other countries so that a collective approach can be taken.
“In fact we are in receipt of a letter from the Prime Minister of Dominica and we have been in touch with several other Prime Ministers in CARICOM asking that a common approach be taken to the Hugh Wooding Law School and to the board of the Council of Legal Education asking that that increase be put on hold until such time that a careful evaluation is done so that students who are entering the institution can be given due notice,” Minister Harmon said.
The Minister indicated that education is a focus of the administration and that an intervention in this issue is warranted at the highest levels of the State. He said, “Wherever Guyanese students are, we will represent them”.