(ZIZ News) — The Nation’s accomplishments in education and the government’s plans to further develop the education sector were among the issues addressed by Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Dr. Denzil Douglas, when he delivered his New Year’s Address.
Dr. Douglas told the Nation that it is important to build on the already impressive achievements in education.
“Already, our people have relatively free access to pre-school, primary and secondary education and they are provided the tools including free textbooks, free meals, grants for payment of exam fees and free computers, that they require to take full advantage of the education they receive. We must now ensure that every graduate from secondary school in our Federation is provided the financial resources they require to attend university or other post-secondary institutions,” he explained.
Prime Minister Douglas then pledged his government’s commitment to ensuring that more students benefit from scholarship opportunities.
“We will continue to make more and more scholarships available and to expand the opportunity for our students to pursue higher education right here in St. Kitts and Nevis but we will also develop a financing and guarantee scheme to ensure that all our students have access to the funding they require to pursue advanced studies at home or abroad or by distance education. This will result in the dramatic expansion of the level of resources currently available at the Development Bank for student loans. At the same time, we will undertake to develop a comprehensive repair and rehabilitation programme for all of our schools and institutions to ensure that they are always in good condition,” Dr. Douglas said.