BREAKING NEWS: St. Helen University closed due to alleged financial issues

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BREAKING NEWS: St. Helen University closed due to alleged financial issues

Students attending the St. Helen University were yesterday informed that the university’s only campus in Vieux Fort has been forced to close its doors, due to some alleged financial issues.

The announcement was made by President of the university, Professor Daizal Samad. Professor Samad confirmed this with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today.

The professor said that the closure was “a long way coming.”

However, Professor Samada told SNO, “My number one priority was to make sure that the students are fine and taken care of.”

The university president did not provide any further details regarding the issue, but sources have said that the closure is permanent.

A source told SNO that students have been immediately transferred to the Atlantic University located in Gros Islet. Students are expected to start classes there on Monday.

The source said that the students credits will be transferred as well. However, the announcement has caused some discomfort among students attending the university.

Reports are that some of the students have already paid rent for the month of November and will not be able to relocate immediately to Gros Islet, which is closer to the Atlantic University.

The current enrollment at the university is 31. The students were enrolled in programmes such as: pre-medicine, medicine and nursing.

Students who attended the St. Helen University comes from St. Lucia, Guyana, Nigeria and Canada.

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  1. The persons who are linking Dr.Anthony to a privately owned entity, must be ILLITERATE FLAMBOS WHO CAN'T READ OR WRITE. If a hurricane or a trough hit St.Lucia, IS KENNY FAULT.THAT IS WHY THE COUNTRY IS IN THE MESS IT IS IN.

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  2. It is a sad day when any educational institution has to close its doors. I don't know anything about this school, however it would have been prudent that the students be relocated to a medical school in Vieux Fort. The relocation to Gros Islet means that there are 31 landlords in the South who have just lost there rental income. The business places in Vieux Fort who had been benefiting financially have also suffered a great loss. The only way I see government coming in here was to negotiate with a medical school in the south to take these students.

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    • Perhaps attempts were made to transfer students to either of the 2 medical schools in VF. The selection of a school for transfer may have everything to do with tuition cost and curriculum format.

      I think that students at SHU should have read the handwriting on the wall from last term. Whichever professors did not have time to resign because of salaries due, were fired. Faculty coming in this term were brand new. Some students left.

      It is a logical fallacy to deduce that 31 landlords are affected, but how ever many there are, they should give students some of that rent and deposit money back - factoring in damages.

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    • The school had 31 students, some being St.Lucian which means not all were renting. So it is illogical to say that 31 landlords are loosing income. Also some students may have been sharing an apartment or living together. Lastly, we do not know why these students were transferred to the university in Gros-Islet and not one in Vieux Fort. There could be many reasons for example, its the middle of the semester and maybe other schools are not accepting anymore students for the semester, maybe some schools cannot accommodate for these students due to large classes. There are many factors at play here. And do understand that all the medical schools in St.Lucia are in competition with one another so transferring to some schools may not be difficult. Hope you are enlightened and look at the situation from all angles.

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  3. What is wrong with you people? How did Dr Kenny Anthony get mixed up in the affairs of a private institution again? Can one of the persons here who hold this view tell me how is Kenny responsible for all of this? Maybe the school may have made some foolish financial decision, maybe the level of enrollment was not sufficient to cover the operational cost of the school...We are too quick to jump on the Politics Bandwagon train like foolish monkeys without thinking.

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  4. sad to see this happen. it will affect the students one way or the other. hope all the students do find it easy to make the transition to the other school and continue their education.

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  5. They should pay the rent and moving fees too! Relocate from Vieux Fort to Gros islet? That's expensive. Rent in Vieux Fort is like half of the rent in Gros Islet. Why didn't the school give the students at least a semester 's warning? They could have waited until January to close the school so persons could have prepared themselves to move or find another school to transfer.

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  6. Profit and education never belonged in the same sentence. These institutions have been milking students for a while now. The Obama administration knows better.

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  7. Stop people stop I really try to give you better days ! Please vote for my party we' mean well . Just bare with me see I was in opposition my supermarket in TNT not up to speed so I have to cut back on my other investors , I am considering privatizing public schools all in favor yeah ? I am even going to raise the prices of fuel even of the world prices are dropping !

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  8. I've said before and I'll say it again, there's magic in a name and the saints do not like to be disrespected...they should spelt the whole word...Saint, not St.

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  9. Education is so important to a young persons life. Why close the place down I know to get a good education in St Lucia cost so much money so why close the place down.......
    Im sure the students were paying there fees so where has all the money gone...... sad

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  10. ARRANGEMENTS FOR THESE 31 STUDENTS SHOULD HAVE BEEN MADE WITH MEDICAL SCHOOLS CLOSE BY,SO THEY DON'T LOSE THEIR RENT MONEY.
    THE PRESIDENT OF THE SCHOOL SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR SUCH POOR PLANNING-I'm SURE HE KNEW THE SCHOOL WOULD BE CLOSING A VERY LONG TME AGO. SO MUCH GREED !! SHM

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  11. Are my people so ignorant, in that everything for them has to be politics? For one the school was not government owned. Also I don't see the connection with the school having financial problems and Dr. Kenny Anthony. The other concerns I have is the type of none English persons are using only leaves much to be desired, which leaves me to wonder if these persons attended school every leap-year.

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  12. i agree clive these foolish people is always a government government government. since you guys are experts in governmental issues go up and save the day and stop beating your traps about the government you foolish and asinine people of st.lucia. Stop giving this land a bad name by your foolishness and selfless talk.

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  13. Everything for us lushans is a freaking politics. How does Kenny feature here? You had better stay anonymous, cause you won't us know who is that foolish asshole

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    • lol i agree to that, whatever the problem was with them..rent maybe, or not enough students,whatever it was. don't think government has anything to do with it.

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  14. Probally all dem theives in Vieux Fort stealing from students and teachers. Heard they stole everything from de school. Police no do nothing now.

    You dunno how much we need Medical Students for ecomomie here, support local bizz, stores, rents. My student left and now I ain't got nothing no more.

    Police need to protect. Theives need to go.

    Where be Kenny now.

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    • You high? The school was privately owned. It was poorly managed by private individuals. The government cant put money in the pockets of every failing business. I'm pretty sure the school received subsidization from the Government. It was probably an unsustainable business venture. I have a colleague who quit her regular job to work for St Helen University as a school administrator. She quit St Helen after 3 months because all the promises they made to her for work benefits were bogus. Not school all these Universities opening down here are legit. Praise God, I was lucky enough to find a good reputable one that is holding strong despite all the early criticism.

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  15. Look it we. Kenny kill VF now everything closing down, the Apartment owners in the south will suffer too. Our Kenny shape up or ship out rude boy.

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  16. ST LUCIA IS A HARD PLACE .
    SOME THINK OF ARRANGEMENT OR PAYMENT HAS TO BE MADE TO HELP THE STUDENTS PAY BORDING.

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