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February 07, 2012

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Nicolette Bethel

Damn good one, Larry.

But of course I WOULD say that.

Cheers

NB

Ashley Coakley

I'm young and enrolled at COB and I think its obvious what the governtment's hold up is. The more educated we become as Bahamians, the more we demand and question of them. It's hard to be accountable to a society that has no idea the questions they should be asking and so much easier to win votes in an uneducated society. A university means higher higher education and I also dont think that COB is ready to provide that. Let me rephrase that, I dont think that COB or our secondary education is ready to sustain a university. Too many kids enrolling at COB every year lack basic math and english skills mandatory for a unviersity, and furthermore I have taken both the BGCSE and SAT, and its definite to say that the BGCSE is a cakewalk compared to a real standardized test for university entrance. I dont even think i need to comment on the fact that the average public school score is of a failing grade. This was a great article and I know I had a lot to say but, I wish you would have digged deeper into why we don't yet have a university.

Tradewinds

Why do we always want to become something that we really do not need?? Wouldn't it be far better to become a world-class College rather than another third rate University?? We just do not have the scarce financial resources needed to attract a creditable faculty in addition to providing adequate teaching facilities.. Any government spending in education should be directed at enhancing the educational experience of Bahamian students.. The College should be about preparing our students to contribute the the future of our country and to enhance their career development objectives.. Do we need to become something that we may never be?? Instead lets continue to develop our College for the future needs of our Bahamian students..

larry smith

@Ashley - I don't agree that our current politicos (on all sides) are involved in a conspiracy to keep Bahamians stupid. I do think it is difficult for them to cede power and control to civil society. And therefore civil society needs to be more proactive and apply more pressure.

I understand that COB has to undertake a lot of remedial work with high schools grads, especially in maths and english, as you say. The poor quality of our secondary school system is a valid point, but I think on balance the benefits we would derive from an autonomous university are worth the effort.

I don't see why we could not have moved towards a UWI campus here, which would probably be more cost-effective. I am told that Bahamian academics would not approve.

Tradewinds

Larry, you raise an interesting question.. Do we run the COB for the benefit of Bahamian academics or for the benefit of our students?? One would hope that given the large amount of the public funding spent by government to sustain the COB, priority would be given always to the academic development of the student body.. Yet, it seems at times that may not always have been the case.. We can only hope that future COB funding will be focused on the fundamental needs and academic requirements of the country's ever expanding student base..

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