More fallout over GATE as Government's failure so far to reimburse the Trinidad and Tobago Hospitality and Tourism Institute (TTHTI) now means that 100 new students will not be able to start courses there on Monday.
A statement issued by the TTHTI today explains that a meeting of approximately 200 new students and their parents was held at Institute’s campus in Chaguaramas around 1pm, where attendees were informed of the decision.
The statement, issued by TTHTI chairman Dennise Demming explained that attendees were advised of the Institute’s inability to accept applicants who were relying on Gate to fund their tuition expenses given that the TTHTI has not received GATE reimbursement since April 2017.
It notes that Government’s liability to the Institute is upwards of $5.1 million and represents student applications submitted for reimbursement for the period 2014-2017.
In response to this decision by the TTHTI, more than 100 students will be unable to commence their course of study in various hospitality and tourism programmes from September 4th, 2017.
The statement says that despite several correspondence and conversations with the Ministry of Education over the past 5 months, there has been no response from the Ministry to date.
TTHTI says it remains committed to the development of the human capital of Trinidad and Tobago and creating opportunities for meaningful employment in the hospitality and tourism industry.
Efforts to reach the Minister of Education were unsuccessful but we will bring the Ministry's response when we get it.