St. Augustine MP Khadijah Ameen is calling for a review of the GATE policy.
She believes greater access to tertiary education and training can help T&T come out the economic and social downturn brought on by the Covid-19 Pandemic.
In a release, the MP quoted new research from UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring Report, which says “Governments in lower and middle-income countries must resist pressures to cut their budget for education”.
She adds that over the past year, she has met persons who had incomes over the limit, but were still unable to pay for their studies due to other financial pressures and commitments.
Ms. Ameen says if the GATE policy is reviewed to remove some of its requirements, there would be greater interest for young people and anyone wanting to pursue studies in needed areas.
She also called on the government to hold consultations with all stakeholders to determine what areas need more investment for studies.
Ms. Ameen is the UNC’s Shadow Tertiary Education Minister.