Monday 26 October, 2020

TTHTI owed $5.1m from GATE, Minister to investigate

New students enrolling at the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI) will not have the benefit of accessing Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) funding.

This, as school officials held a meeting with approximately 200 prospective new students at the Institute’s campus at #5 Hilltop Lane, Airways Road, Chaguaramas on Wednesday, advising attendees of the Institute’s inability to accept applicants who were relying on GATE to fund their tuition expenses.

The school took the decision as it said that it has not received GATE reimbursement since April 2017. 

According to the TTHTI, more than $5.1 million is owed by Government for student applications submitted for reimbursement between 2014 and 2017.

More than 100 students will be unable to commence their course of study in various hospitality and tourism programmes at TTHTI from September 4, 2017.

TTHTI said that it has had several correspondence and conversations with the Ministry of Education over the past 5 months, but there has been no response from the Ministry to date.

When contacted, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said he “heard about it” and promised to investigate the matter tomorrow.  

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