Former Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh believes the cut back in GATE funding is reflective of a lack of commitment by the Government towards education.
Dr Gopeesingh issued a statement giving his views on the changes announced by the Cabinet on Wednesday.
"By its summary decision to reduce support for tertiary students, the Government has broken a major general election promise and displayed a lack of commitment to essential human capital development.
Former Education Minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh says any cutback in GATE will add, in his view, to the dismantling of gains made in the education sector under the previous regime.
Dr Gopeesingh is the latest to add his voice to the recommendations made by the GATE committee.
"The decision to punish ambitious tertiary students by the arbitrary whittling down of the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE) is another onerous and atrocious education measure of the PNM regime.