University education should be free for nationals | Letters to the Editor

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Attendance at the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) should be completely free for T&T nationals.

What are the advantages of free university in T&T?

• Improve society

When T&T are more educated, they can solve problems better.

The company will progress at a faster pace.

Educated people can understand their society and its current economic conditions.

Educated people who join the workforce can narrow the wealth gap.

• Expand the workforce

Automated jobs replace low-skilled workers.

If more students attended UWI and UTT for free, the workforce would increase.

• A boosted economy

If people graduated without taking on debt, it would speed up their ability to earn, save and spend. It helps to stimulate the economy.

Fear of being in debt can cause students to avoid UWI or UTT altogether.

If debt weren’t a reality, potential students would feel more motivated to attend college.

• Increase equality

Many brilliant minds come from low-income homes. This should not prevent them from continuing their studies.

Affordable education is a major step towards equality.

• More concentration

Students who don’t care about money concentrate more on their studies.

Now is the time to learn, T&T. Finland offers free university education. Students, live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

AV Rampersad

City of the Princes

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