‘Invest in education’

SENATOR: We have to stop and think how we prioritize things in our life

Leader of Government Business in the Senate, Maxine McClean, believes that as a people, Barbadians have become too comfortable.

Senator Maxine McClean
Senator Maxine McClean

The Government Senator made this observation today in the Senate while leading off debate on the 2014-2015 Estimates Of Revenue             And Expenditure.

Expressing concern at this development, McClean said: “We have not seen in recent times the requisite level of productivity and so we are           at a juncture where since Independence where successive governments, certainly successive Democratic Labour Party Governments, have prepared for this country a portfolio of public goods and a set of institutions which have contributed significantly for people to grow and  to face the many challenges since independence. We have as individuals and collectively, to stop and take stock.

“As the Government seeks to re-engineer our economy and seeks avenues of investment, we as citizens have to take stock as we determine how we should play our respective parts. I want to stress that the country has never faced a crisis like the current one.

“I believe that this crisis will test the resilience of our people,”  McClean added.

Stressing the need for individual commitment and discipline at this time, the senator argued that though some might say her formative years were not bad, she came from a family where her father was a full-time tailor and her mother a housewife, so they had to “cut and contrive”.

She recalled that she worked for two years to put herself through university.

“In fact, because my parents could not give me any more than their blessings and important values, I attended university part-time working part-time and saving some of my salary which was less than $200 a month at the time to put myself through Cave Hill . . . .

“This is important because we as Barbadians have to stop and think about how we engage the country.

We have to stop and think how we prioritize things in our life. We have to stop and ask, are we making the best use of our resources?”

McClean, who is the minister of foreign affairs and foreign trade told fellow Barbadians that they have to decide if they will pay part of their fees whether at the Cave Hill Campus or the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.

Taking issue with Barbadians who often hold up Singapore as the ideal social welfare state, Mc Clean noted that every citizen in that state had  to make a financial contribution to any benefits they might enjoy.”

8 Responses to ‘Invest in education’

  1. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer March 25, 2014 at 12:12 am

    So that why your intention is to make us uncomfortable, by taking our jobs, increasing taxes and every possible thing that is sinister on Barbadians ? These are your words.” Barbadians have become too comfortable.” Is this not how we are suppose to be ? Is this not what successive governments fought long and hard for ? So why do you believe that things must be in the reverse gear ? Is this statement making any sense ? Have you thought of what you were going to say, or this slipped out of the mouth ?

  2. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 25, 2014 at 1:38 am

    Janette Reifer well said wow its a common sense thing, health food an college/school should be first an must important thing too insure a stronger economy,so ur building a strong healthy brain for less $$$ so that mind can build a stronger home an family because it starts at home first….

  3. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 25, 2014 at 1:39 am

    Ur building thinkers minds that can create they own roads in life…. ..

  4. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 25, 2014 at 1:44 am

    But too hold a person back because he can’t afford the $$$$$ for college is sin,if u give me a car for free because I love cars just too see what the outcome will be its just like the gife of life what or u goin too do with ur choice go up or down???….

  5. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 25, 2014 at 1:49 am

    Its like ur saying only rich people or smart because thy got $$$$$ for UWI but poor me have no chance to become a lawyer my dream Job,because my family only can pay bills an buy food from week too week so I’ll never become a lawyer because its no help from no were ……..

  6. Angel OfThunder
    Angel OfThunder March 25, 2014 at 1:53 am

    But #1 thing. I’m sure of its never too late to learn what u didn’t understand b4 so watch out for some drop outs to drop back in UWI …..

  7. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce March 25, 2014 at 3:40 am

    Invest in working the land. You cannot learn or study on an empty stomach.

  8. Prince Nick
    Prince Nick March 25, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Stupse what land u talkingg bout. U mean d lil cane ground joke


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