Minister of Tourism Richard Sealy has called on students of The St. Michael School to become well-rounded individuals.
Sealy made this call earlier today while delivering the feature address at the school’s Speech Day and Prize Giving Ceremony at the New Dimensions Ministries, Barbarees Hill, St. Michael.
He noted that even with the widespread use of the Internet, today’s youth were not ensuring that they were well-rounded individuals.
The St. Michael South Central MP said: “I am a civil engineer by profession, yet I was appointed Minister of Tourism when the Democratic Labour Party won the general election in 2008. I say this without any malice towards my colleague, Minister of Transport and Works, John Boyce, who is sitting in the front row, that with my professional background I should have been the Minister of Transport and Works.
“Even if you are an architect, you can still study some other disciplines. You must spend some time enlightening yourself in other fields. With my appointment I had to familiarise myself with the area of tourism.”
Sealy argued that something special was happening at The St. Michael School under principal, Shelton Perkins, who has become a legend in the field of education.
Noting that Perkins had introduced honour ties for students who had distinguished themselves nationally or internationally, Sealy said he was of the impression that the entire school was going to be a recipient of the honour ties because of the level of discipline being enforced at the school.
He lauded the effort of the principal, teachers and students who had worked tirelessly to achieve a pass rate of 91 per cent in this year’s CXC examinations.†Sealy encouraged the students to read extensively, work hard, stay away from illicit drugs and set goals for their lives.
Referring to the current economic recession, Sealy argued that it had arisen because financial managers introduced obscure investment instruments in an effort to make huge profits. However, told the students that to achieve anything in life one still has to work hard.
He said: “Everyone has been confounded by the Wall Street crash. The financial wizards of Wall Street sought to get rich by introducing exotic investment instruments. They were just shifting money around without manufacturing any goods. There is no substitute for hard work. There is a connection between what you earn and how hard you work.”
Noting that tourism remained Barbados’ major foreign exchange earner, Sealy suggested that it should be introduced as a subject at the CXC level.
He added that The St. Michael School was a shining beacon in Barbados and told the students that they had the ability to make a significant contribution to Barbados.†(NC)