Education Minister Anthony Boatswain said, an increase in fees at the T.A Marryshow Community College is not a viable option at this time.
Minister Boatswain was addressing the TAMCC Gala and Awards Ceremony at the Grenada Trade Center over the weekend.
He said, given the present economic and financial constraints of the Government, the Tertiary level Institution has to find more creative and innovative means of funding its operations.
The traditional sources like Government subvention and reliance on school fees, the Education Minister said, can no longer be regarded as a viable source.
Minister Boatswain has commended the steps the college has already undertaken in finding other ways to raise the necessary financial resources.
“We are encouraging TAMCC to further explore non-traditional funding for the Institution. We therefore support and commend the College for some of the initiatives that have been taken so far to raise the necessary financing, and to relieve the burden on the students and on the Central Government”, he said.
The Education Minister stated that history will show that whenever school fees are increased, enrollment levels decline, and as such the College receives no net revenue.
According to Minister Boatswain, it is usually the poor and vulnerable students from the rural areas who are primarily affected by the increase in school fees.
He said, in addition to paying their school fees, these students also have to contend with transportation costs and meals, and therefore, Government cannot support the path of raising school fees.
The former National Democratic Congress (NDC) of Tillman Thomas was forced to turn down a move by TAMCC to raise fees in the face of a downturn in its government subvention