Sunday 25 October, 2020

MoE promises UWI students GATE problems being addressed

The Ministry of Education (MoE) is assuring the guild of the University of the West Indies (UWI) that it is working to complete outstanding applications from students awaiting approval for financial assistance from the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses Programme (GATE).

The pledge came from the head of the Funding and Grants Administration Division (FGAD) of the MoE which is charged with the responsibility for the management of GATE.

It follows newspaper reports that UWI students were unable to register for GATE or have their means tests done. The Guild described the situation as “chaot­ic and mass con­fu­sion”.

The FGAD said it is mindful of the concerns raised and have effected special arrangements for staff members to complete the process in order to mitigate the delays in GATE approvals, specifically the Means Test Rate.

It added that the delay was because of stale-dated financial information, omissions in household income and submissions of incorrect documents as proof of income and staff constraints.

 

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