TTHTI pushes back graduation ceremony to March 15
The Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality Institute (TTHTI) has announced that it will push back its graduation ceremony from January 25 to March 15.
The decision to postpone was made after much wide consultation with the Student Guild and other key stakeholders.
In a release issued on Monday, the Institute said it received a partial payment from the Funding and Grants Administration Division of the Ministry of Education on January 11, which, it said, may result in a reduction of respective student liabilities. Updated financial statements are currently being prepared for affected the students. TTHTI also advised students that February 28 is the new deadline for financial clearance.
The Institute said it was committed to ensuring that its educational programmes are available to a wide cross-section of citizens and will be hosting financial planning seminars from January 29 to February 2 at its Chaguaramas Campus. Several banks and credit unions will also be available to provide individual consultations and advice on educational funding options. These seminars meant to target both new and returning students.
In the statement, TTHTI also congratulated the 212 students who have achieved academic clearance. Of the 212 potential graduands, 42% or 92 students were financially cleared and are therefore able to participate in the graduation ceremony. Of the remaining 120 students, 17% or 35 have outstanding balances ranging from $1 to $5,000; 30% or 64 students have outstanding balances ranging from $5,001 to $10,000 outstanding and 10% or 21 students have outstanding balances ranging over $10,001.
The requirement for both financial and academic clearance is a widely held best practice amongst academic institutions worldwide. "Despite the receipt of a partial payment from the Funding and Grants Administration Division of the Ministry of Education, 120 students are still relying on the promised Government support through GATE to complete their education," the Institute said.
"TTHTI empathizes with these prospective graduands and again calls on the Ministry of Education to fulfil their contractual financial obligations with our students as citizens of Trinidad and Tobago and remit all outstanding amounts."