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“Decision-Making by Surprise”: The Introduction of Tuition Fees for University Education in Barbados

The Global Educational Policy Environment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution

ISBN: 978-1-78635-044-2, eISBN: 978-1-78635-043-5

ISSN: 2053-7697

Publication date: 19 December 2016

Abstract

This chapter discusses the Government of Barbados’s 2014 introduction of partially student paid tuition fees for Barbadians attending the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill Campus. This introduction of a student paid tuition component came after fifty years of state-funded education at the local UWI campus. In this chapter I assert that this introduction of fees altered the existing postcolonial “social contract” that has developed in the country and that has been integral to Barbados being presented as a “model” for small developing states in the Caribbean and beyond. In the chapter I argue that the social contract in the country was altered in light of the alleged demands of financial crisis and that this crisis climate allowed for “decision-making by surprise” in a country in which collaborative education governance has grown to be accepted as the norm.

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Hinds, K. (2016), "“Decision-Making by Surprise”: The Introduction of Tuition Fees for University Education in Barbados", The Global Educational Policy Environment in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Public Policy and Governance, Vol. 26), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 173-194. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2053-769720160000026006

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