ZIZ News — The St. Kitts/Nevis Labour Party government has taken steps to enable nationals to pursue tertiary level degrees and diplomas at home.
On Wednesday, the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College launched the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSCN) Degree, the Diploma in Education (DIPED) and re-launch of the University of The West Indies [UWI]-Level One Programme.
Chairperson for the event, Delores Stapleton-Harris said that this is the start of something great, not just for nationals, but CFBC as well.
She described it as, “An epic milestone in the history of CFBC and one that we believe will not only transform the educational landscape and the experience of our students and graduates but will transform the Federation of St.Kitts and Nevis and render it as an immense force to be reckoned with in the region.”
Dean of Art, Science and General Studies and Coordinator of the newly restructured UWI Level One Programme, Wanda Hughes, said the signup for this programme is a little different.
“Level One student are in actuality full-time UWI students with the same rights and privileges as Cave Hill and St. Augustine students. At this point we do not yet have an arrangement with Mona. So to access the programme prospective students apply to UWI not to CFBC,” she said
Minister of Education, Sen. the Hon. Nigel Carty in his remarks, stated that the cabinet has agreed that all students enrolling into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programme, will do so free of cost and explained why this decision was made.
“This decision was taken because we recognize that in the thrust to build critical capacity in the health sector we have to give people the incentive to enter the programme,” he said. “So we want new enrollees in the programme, but we also want persons who are trained nurses to return to the CFBC to engage in a bridging programme to top them up so that they can have their first degree and be professional nurses who can go anywhere in the world and say ‘I am a trained nurse I was trained at the CFBC’ which is, by that time, an accredited institution in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis.”
The ceremony to launch the new programmes was held at the Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College at the Nathaniel John Hospitality Center.