The Faculty and Staff union is not the only force that the University of Belize’s Board of Trustees has to reckon with. Recent decisions have also upset the student body, who took to social media to protest against a proposed increase in tuition. They even created a petition which received over 2,000 signatures in less than 24 hours. This prompted the university to issue a press release stating that they had no intention to raise the cost of tuition. According to the chairman, Harrison Pilgrim, it was simply a misunderstanding.
Harrison Pilgrim, Chairman of the Board of Trustees: “Three years ago the university undertook to gradually increase fees and our website was posted with new increased fees that should have gone into effect first of August 2020. However in April after the pandemic began to wreak economic hardship throughout the country and throughout the world the board of trustees at a meeting on the 25th of April resolved that no fees would be raised as planned and that in fact there would be a rebate of fees by 25% for all students. That was a decision of the board and unfortunately our website was not immediately corrected. We apologize for any inconvenience from any lack of understanding that may have been occasioned by that but we have put out a press release that clearly states that fees will not be increased and that in fact there will be a reduction in fees by 25%.”