According to a recent article in the Tribune, the council members of The College of the Bahamas has approved an ill-timed 50% increase in the tuition fees.
Below is an extract of that article followed by my thoughts.
A PROPOSAL to “substantially” increase tuition fees at the College of The Bahamas is on its way to Cabinet following an approval vote by the institution’s Council earlier this week.President of the Union of Tertiary Educators of the Bahamas (UTEB), Mark Humes, has confirmed to The Tribune that the College Council had passed a proposal geared towards increasing fees for the next fall semester.
According to reports the proposal will seek to increase tuition fees for lower level courses by 50 per cent and 33 per cent with respect to upper level courses.
Presently, lower level courses – courses taken by students in their freshman and sophomore years – are charged at a rate of $100 per credit.
The proposed increase would move that rate to $150 per credit, bringing the average cost for a lower level course to $450 exclusive of Value Added Tax (VAT).
In terms those courses are taken by students in their junior and senior years – upper level courses – fees will reflect an increase from $150 per credit to $200 per credit.
The 33 per cent fee increase will move the average cost of an upper level course from $450 to $600.
Is this upsetting to you? let me know in the comments.
Here are my thoughts
Don’t be mad at COB, be mad at the Government
The government cut the education budget and they implemented VAT. Those two actions probably had a significant impact on this decision by COB.
COB Tuition is still way more affordable than most colleges abroad
I took a quick look at the cost to attend FMU for one year and I believe even with the new fee structure COB will be several thousand cheaper. At FMU the cost of Tuition, Fees and Books comes to roughly $17,000.00 per year. By my guesstimate COB will be between 8K to 10K per year for the upper level courses.
Bahamians have to put more value on Education
In other parts of the world people sacrifice greatly for education because they understand that it is the one thing that can significantly change the prospects of one’s life. Yet in The Bahamas only 30% of the work force has some form of tertiary education. We need to hold off on purchasing the cars, and other expensive accessories.
COB must offer better service to students
I’m sure COB quality of education is comparable or even better than similar institutions elsewhere, but as an Alum I was disappointed in several incidents where COB seemed to overlook or mistreat students; the numerous campus safety issues, COBUS president incident, and the nightmare registration process that students go through. If COB is going to advance to a university their services have to advance as well.
Do you agree? let me know in the comments below.
– Talk Bahamas