The government is not planning the closure of the University of The Bahamas’ (UB) northern campus, Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday.
His comments came amid reports on social media that UB’s Board of Trustees is considering the campus’ closure following its destruction during Hurricane Dorian in September.
“There’s no chance that UB North will be closed,” Lloyd told The Nassau Guardian.
“That’s not even a contemplation of ours, nonetheless a consideration.”
On Wednesday, The Guardian revealed that UB’s board is considering 20 percent salary cuts as well as 50/50 insurance contributions at the university.
This paper understands that it is also considering sending faculty over 65, as well as faculty with 30 to 40 years of service, into retirement.
The board is reportedly considering an increase in faculty load and class sizes and an elimination of mileage and non-essential staff positions, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Lloyd said yesterday he was made aware of those considerations as a result of news reports.
Asked if he had requested the proposal, the minister replied, “I understand that it is on the way to me. I didn’t request it because I knew nothing about it until I heard the comment made out in the media.
“That’s when I first heard about the proposal and then I had a discussion with the chair of the board who indicated that certain matters were being considered and that those considerations would be sent to me in writing. So, I am waiting for those considerations to be sent to me in writing.”
Lloyd said he has had “oral conversations” about the university’s financial situation.
He said the university and the Ministry of Finance are scheduled to have a meeting today at 2 p.m.
“I’m sure their discussions will be about the proposals that the board has,” Lloyd said.
He added, “This government’s commitment is to the provision of quality education at the tertiary level at The University of The Bahamas and nothing, no decision, is going to affect that objective.”