Hinkson tells Minister Jones to apologise
Member of Parliament for St James North Edmund Hinkson wants Minister of Education Ronald Jones to publicly admit that Cabinet rejected his bursary proposal and apologize to Barbadian students.
The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) shadow minister for education said last night that following a wait of over seven months a number of Barbadian students at the University of the West Indies deserve Jones’ admission that his idea has failed.
“The Minister of Finance has told the Minister of Education there is no money for the bursaries but the Minister of Education has not had the intestinal fortitude to now come and tell the people of Barbados,” he told a BLP meeting at the Alma Parris School.
Hinkson further charged that Jones was not up to the task of heading the Ministry of Education.
“He has an important job, but clearly it is beyond his means,” Hinkson said, adding that “after removing free education from Barbadians at the University of the West Indies, [Jones] sought to gain some cover by talking about bursaries”.
Hinkson said that in promising 3,000 bursaries for students to help to pay tuition fees, Jones had only frustrated hopeful students who had been made to reveal their financial circumstances when applying for the aid.