Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams was successful last evening in his bid to the National Assembly to approve funds to assist Guyanese law students at the Hugh Wooding Law School.
Following extensive debate and examination of the supplementary provisions proposed by the Ministry of Legal Affairs in the Committee of Supply last evening, the House approved $17,900,000 for payment as contribution towards increased tuition fees for Guyanese law students attending the Hugh Wooding Law School for the academic year 2016-2018.
This contribution represents 25 percent of the economic costs of tuition fees for 50 students.
Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams making his pitch for assistance for Guyanese law students
Defending the money requested, the Attorney General told the Committee of Supply that the cost for one student, per year, at the Hugh Wooding Law School, is about $2.83 M but with Government’s intervention that cost will be minimised and the students will now pay about $2.47M each.
“What this figure ($17.9M) represents is 25 percent of the total economic cost for the students at the Hugh Wooding Law School.”
In an invited comment, the Attorney General told the Government Information Agency (GINA) that the government has “an abiding interest in the welfare, wellbeing of our law students and will do all it can to assist the students.”
This is the first time in years that any Government intervened to assist the Guyanese law students at the Hugh Wooding Law School. The coalition Government has committed to doing everything possible to assist Guyanese students overseas in the successful completion of their studies.
The Attorney General has also committed to working with stakeholders in the establishment of a local law school in Guyana in the near future.