Classes at the University of West Indies have been affected for the second day as a result of an island-wide power outage causing outages of electricity and water supply. Yesterday at approximately 7:30 a.m., many homes and businesses were without utility services for over 8 hours. The sole supplier of electricity, Barbados Light and Power Company Limited, warns customers that they could experience similar issues today as a result of contaminates in oil shipments and aging units.
Like many Barbadians who voiced their frustration on various media forums, a number of students from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus protested outside of the main administrative building earlier this morning. Many of them dressed in black chanted, “We want water. We need a generator. Where is admin? We need a generator”.
For those students who live on Campus, this has to be a major inconvenience and so they have a right to protest. However, in the absence of an official statement from the student’s body or anyone in administration, a protest usually means that all other avenues to get information have been exhausted. Campus Registrar Kenneth Walters subsequently informed students and staff that classes are cancelled until 1:00 p.m. and that further instruction will be given via social media accordingly.
Disruption to classes surely is a major inconvenience for students since exams will commence on Monday, 2 Dec., 2019.