The Ministry of Education will be cracking down on scholarship recipients whereby they (the recipients) will be mandated to uphold their bonds to the government, Education Minister Dr Natalio Wheatley has said.
Dr Wheatley said this is one of the ways that the Fahie-led administration intends to get returns on their investment in the territory’s youth.
“Over the years we have allocated millions upon millions of dollars to the training of our students,” the Education Minister said while delivering remarks at Monday’s sitting of the House of Assembly. “Scholarship students must sign a bond, but it is rare that this bond is enforced. Therefore we have many recipients of scholarships who live and work abroad.”
He explained that while he encourages and supports students getting some experience abroad, the country must see the benefits of these scholarships.
Dr Wheatley further pledged to implement measures to ensure that these scholarship students have a good opportunity to be employed in both the public and private sectors upon their return to the territory.
“Hence, students on scholarships can expect for the bond they signed to be enforced,” Dr Wheatley said.
Scholarship programme now open
In the meantime, Dr Wheatley said the VI Scholarship programme is now accepting applicants.
He explained that students who want to apply for the 2020/2021 academic year must do so before September 30.
“The majority of Scholarships will be allocated to graduates from the H Lavity Stoutt Community College for two years abroad,” the minister told the House of Assembly.
“These scholarships will be in specified areas of study. For instance, you will have a specific number of scholarships in health-related fields, technical fields, administrative fields etcetera. These specified areas of study will be tied directly to the labour demands of the territory,” he added.
“Only a specific amount of total scholarships will be awarded every year, and the process will be a competitive one considering a student’s overall academic performance.”
And while students without passes in five CSEC subjects will not be disqualified, the minister said all local and external exams will be considered in evaluating the student’s suitability for an award.
A list of the specific scholarships will be made available by the end of June.
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