Jones mum on UWI bursaries
Minister of Education Ronald Jones is mum on the matter of Government’s promised bursaries for students of the University of the West Indies (UWI).
Asked by Barbados TODAY for an update on the 3,000 bursaries, which he had said, back in July, would be made available to the students “in about a week’s time”, Jones said he had nothing to say.
The Minister, who had also promised that 2,500 first year students would benefit from loans under the Student Revolving Loan Scheme after Government ended its policy of free tuition payments at the UWI from September, was equally silent on the situation at the Alma Parris and Parkinson Memorial, following complaints made by teachers at both secondary schools about the conduct of their principals.
“There is nothing to update where Parkinson Memorial or Alma Parris is concerned and I have nothing to say [on the bursaries],” said Jones after taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a state-of-the-art nursery school at Church Hill Road, Gall Hill, Christ Church.
The joint project between the Ministry of Education and the Maria Holder Memorial Trust is due to commence early next year at a cost of $7.2 million. It is due for completion by the end of the next year and for opening in 2016.
Chairman and founder of the Maria Holder Memorial Trust Christopher Holder said the school was part of a wider effort to construct six nursery schools across the island.
“This journey began in 2011 with our very first nursery school in Sharon, St Thomas, named after my mother. The Maria Holder Nursery School was the first nursery school funded by the Trust in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and now boasts a roll of 113 students, and we hope in years to come that the children of this community will be filling this spot where we are now with their growing knowledge and laughter,” Holder said.
Once completed, the nursery will accommodate 150 children.
Project manager Donna Clarke said the development was a Christmas gift for the residents of Gall Hill, some of who attended the ceremony. She noted that the project was a long time in the making and lots of hard work, as she welcomed the start of the construction phase.