I refer to Freddie Kissoon’s letter captioned “I can’t recall seeing Sherod Duncan in the protest but”, published in your news papers on May 25, 2014.
Firstly, I believe that Mr. Kissoon will give me the benefit of the doubt that I was a little more than “sympathetic” about his dismissal from the University’s employ, but matched intolerance for injustice with action in a public show of my discontent.
Secondly, I would not engage a discussion on the most popular student president, having served as the helm of the University of Guyana Students’ Society (UGSS) my view is immediately jaundiced, perhaps.
I would state only here that when the young flower we had in Yohance Dogulas was plucked prematurely from bloom it was a heavy time for all. I don’t how I ended up in the march from UG to the length of Brickdam and at the nights of vigil on Sheriff Street. But having opportunity to size up my colleague I would argue that Robert Bourne leading the Society at such a tumultuous time showed tremendous fortitude; little in student life prepares you for such a circumstance.
But I do not want to distract too long from the issue at hand: the severance of the special arrangement for admittance of the top twenty-five law students from the University of Guyana (UG) into the Hugh Wooding Law School (HWLS).
Mr. Kissoon’s suggests that, “nowhere in his letter did he agree that the focus should now be for law students to pressure the Government of Guyana in having our own law school or reinstitute Guyana’s stipend to the Council for Legal Education,” referring to my letter of May 23, 2014 generously published by your newspapers.
I refer Mr. Kissoon to my letter of April 7, 2014, “The time has come for a local law school” also published by Kaieteur News. I am, additionally, in the process of rationalizing the Government’s position at the time regarding the withdrawal the “stipend” and if it has had a causal effect on where we are today.
But more than that, this situation offers us a teachable moment and a chance at something historic in setting up our own law school. Mr. Kissoon does not have to stand for us, what I would like to know is if Mr. Kissoon stands with us or against us? We have begun a petition to encourage the Government of Guyana to make concrete steps and a strong commitment towards the establishment of our own law school. I invite Mr. Kissoon to stand in solidarity with us and sign our petition, found here: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/government-of-guyana-to-establish-a-local-law-school.
Student-at-Law, Class of 2014