By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] –Presidential Candidate of the APNU+AFC Coalition Brigadier David Granger has hinted at the possibility of free tertiary education for students while promising students of the University of Guyana (UG) that within the first five years of an APNU+AFC government it would seek to establish a local law faculty where law undergraduates can attain their degrees and subsequently be admitted to the Bar.
Granger made the oath to the students while responding to a question posed to him at a fora organized by the University of Guyana Student Society (UGSS) at the George Walcott Lecture Theatre on Wednesday, May 6 – five days before Guyanese head to the polls.
According to Granger, free university education is something that is “desirable and we should aim at it.” While this was said he was however cautious to note that while free education is attainable he “will not pull the rug out from under your feet and say tek wuh yuh get.”
He maintains that if free tertiary education is being provided, it has to be done the right way with the quality of education being provided being a pillar of the consideration.
The issue of law students completing their law degree has been a topical one in recent months with students asking what will become of them. At present, law students have to do studies locally, but thereafter are mandated to go to the Hugh Wooding Law School in Trinidad and Tobago to complete their degree – this takes two years.
However, the school has moved to limit the amount of Guyanese students being accepted to study to 25 given the fact that Guyana’s government do not contribute to the campus.
Since hundreds of students are eligible each year for elevation to Hugh Wooding, most of them are left behind since they cannot afford to attend classes in the twin island republic.
Many options and possible solutions have been floated and ventilated in the public domain and Granger was very pointed in stating that “within the first five years law students can look forward to completing their law degree right here.”
He however was careful in noting that such an entity would take some time and the government would have to work to attract the level educators needed to execute such a feat.
“It will take a long time to attract the expertise,” he said.