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What will become of all the graduates?

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

That a comprehensive education for all citizens is a Peoples National Movement idea cannot be disputed. It is part of national history. What could not be conceived was that the idea would now, in the year 2017, hit the snag of not being 100 per cent sustainable.

Important concerns raised by professors Cudjoe and Lewis in their press articles must be noted by a discerning, interested public. Many T&T families have children whose lives will be affected by decisions made regarding the sustainability of University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT).

But it is not just about UTT, the staffing or the possibility of job losses. My letter is also about what happens generally to all graduates from UTT, UWI and COSTAATT. We are churning out thousands of graduates each year and will eventually be over subscribed and unable to provide realistic, sustainable employment.

While the argument about staffing rages and the unions involve themselves in preventing job losses, we still are left with the burning question—employment for all concerned. We do not have the money. We do not have the capacity/institutions to provide the employment.

Our tertiary education system is now like a successful manufacturer who must look for export markets to sell valuable goods. Do we sell off our badly needed technology graduates? Do we sell off some of our doctors and lawyers? We will eventually have too many of everybody. Do we keep the best graduates, the most talented for ourselves?



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