Published 22 November 2022
Buckie Got It, St Kitts and Nevis News Source
DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER OF EDUCATION, DR. GEOFFREY HANLEY PLEDGED TO FULLY UTILISE every scholarship opportunity available to St. Kitts and Nevis residents.
“This is something that we campaigned on, indicating that we are going to do all that we can to ensure that our people in the Federation get these opportunities,” assured Education Minister, Dr Geoffrey Hanley responding to queries at the Prime Minister’s Press Conference last week.
The minister said that there are several scholarship opportunities that persons did not capitalize on in the past and, since assuming office, work has commenced feverishly to ensure that this practice ends.
“Since assuming the role of Minister of Education, we have put a scholarship desk within the Ministry so that every scholarship that comes through this country, whether through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Human Resource Management Department, the Ministry of Education would have that,” Hanley said.
He said the government’s aggressive efforts will increase to get persons to take up the scholarships.
“We will also make sure that we get people to apply for these scholarships. We are going to make sure that wherever we get these scholarships we are going to identify persons to fit them because we need our own speech therapists to assist our children with autism…,” he said.
He spoke of new scholarship opportunities.
“Earlier today, while we had our Youth Forum with the ministers, the Prime Minister was able to announce to the young people here that Germany has answered our call for scholarships. So we now have Germany on our list,” the minister, also the country’s Deputy Prime Minister said.
He said Kittitians and Nevisians “must now get into that mindset that they must go out, study, come back and invest in our people.”
The Labour government “has always been looking out for its people,” he reminded, noting that under past St Kitts and Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) administrations the “scholarship gate opened up.”
Minister Marsha Henderson, and Ambassador, Kenney Douglas, were beneficiaries.