Education Minister Anthony Garcia is defending the decision to stop GATE funding of medical students going to St Georges University, saying it’s three times as costly.
Speaking on the issue today, the Minister referenced tuition costs at UWI’s three campuses, saying costs run from $71,000 dollars at UWI to as much as quarter of a million dollars at St Georges.
Minister Garcia also said students at St Georges are prepared for the US medical system and often go to the US and do not perform their obligated employment to the state.
Education Minister Anthony Garcia says the Ministry has reason to believe that textbooks provided by the Ministry freely for the use of students are being sold on the streets of Port-of-Spain.
The Minister made the statement at today's post-Cabinet media conference, where he also announced that the Government will top up the supply of free textbooks by 10 percent from Standard One to Form Six.
Books sold on the streets
A national scholarship winner who did not return to T&T after completing his studies in medicine to give back service has been ordered to repay over $3 million to the Government.
High Court Judge Nadia Kangaloo made the order against Dr Ryan Wellington yesterday after he failed to attend the start of the civil trial brought by the Office of the Attorney General.