Prime Minister Gaston Browne has fired back at United Progressive Party (UPP) Chairman D. Gisele Isaac after she said that opening a UWI In Antigua will water down the brand.
Isaac is of the view that the facilities currently available locally does not match up to the high standards obtained in the other landed campuses.
“And if I were contemplating going to UWI, I would have second and third thoughts about it because it is a devaluation of the UWI brand,” Isaac, a serving UWI part-time lecturer said last week.
In response, Browne called the former House Speaker “selfish and idiotic” saying that he was rebuking her in the strongest possible terms.
He accused Isaac, the former Executive Secretary of the Board of Education, of seeking to damage the fourth landed campus.
The prime minister said it is wrong for her to give that impression that ” we are just starting from scratch.”
The country’s leader told Pointe FM that many students have been doing two years in Antigua and the final year in one of the landed campuses.
“The disciples we will start with will be the disciplines we already have in place,” Browne revealed adding that it will include areas such as nursing, education and tourism.
“She knows better, she’s just trying to deceive the people to score cheap political points. She’s trying to undermine the opening of the university and to damage the brand,” the prime minister said.
Isaac told radio listeners last week that the government cannot use the excuse that other UWI Campuses started off small.
She said OECS students now have higher expectation on what to expect from a university.
“I don’t want to be anything that is less than and that is what I feel about any potential fourth campus,” Isaac said while announcing that she will not be returning as a lecturer at UWI.
The government says the UWI is “likely” to open its fourth landed campus at five islands here in September.
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