Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, Minister of Education and Culture announced last evening that government is moving to implement a new policy where government overseas scholarships will only be given to students after they complete H. Lavity Stoutt Community College as oppose to what applies now-completion of secondary school.
"This is the very last year that we will be giving scholarships at the secondary level except for students who become the val or the sal or who have mastered CAPE and have gotten certain modules in CAPE that they can move on and go to university but the plan after this year is to award scholarships at the end of HLSCC. That is being worked out now as we speak," he announced during the National Democratic Party radio programme.
The minister also said that students are performing well and answering the challenge of having to secure five or more CXC/CSEC subjects in order to be eligible for a scholarship.
"You know the government made a decision a few years ago that in order for persons to receive a scholarship for overseas studying you must pass five CXC subjects inclusive of Maths and English. I must say that the teachers and students have really stepped up to the game and our performance on the regional level has been outstanding."
He said, "this year we have again the highest number of persons sitting the examination, we have a significant number of students sitting five or more CSEC subjects."
"So based on our scholarship policy to give out a lot more scholarships this year, not because we want to give them out for a particular reason but because the students have risen to the occasion and at a very good level."
- Source: BVIHotpress.com