Hinkson accuses Government of broken promises

Opposition Senator Wilfred Abrahams (L) an MP, Edmund Hinkson at the press briefing today
Opposition Senator Wilfred Abrahams (L) an MP, Edmund Hinkson at the press briefing today

An opposition parliamentarian is today accusing the Freundel Stuart administration of reneging on its promise to act as a guarantor for certain student loan applicants and failing to follow through on the promised National Registration Education Plan.

The accusations were made at a press briefing at the office of the Leader of the Opposition by Member of Parliament for St James North, Edmund Hinkson.

He recalled that Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, had promised during debate on the last budget that Government would stand as a guarantor for applicants to the Student Revolving Loan Fund  for those who could not afford to pay.

“Yet, he has recently announced a policy for these loans that does not in any way remove the previous requirements of two sureties or collateral security, such as cash, land, property, shares, government paper, shares or mutual funds,” the St James, North representative said.

He noted that only loans of $12,000 or less attract no surety, which is contrary to the Government undertaking.

“They promised that there will be no threshold whatsoever,” he contended.

Hinkson also questioned Government’s silence on a plan, announced in the 2013 budget by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, that would allow persons who utilise a National Registration Education Savings Plan to save towards tertiary education.

“This whole episode marks another in a string of breach of promises made by the DLP [government] to the people who elected them in order to improve the quality of their lives,” added Hinkson, the opposition shadow Minister of Education.

3 Responses to Hinkson accuses Government of broken promises

  1. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne June 28, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Really, what did people expect?

  2. Marcus Skeete
    Marcus Skeete June 29, 2014 at 7:59 am

    I am just tired of it now! Gosh WE ALL know politicians in government are all full with empty promises..this was happening in the past, it’s going on in the present, and certainly will continue in the future… this is part of a politician’s job description! -___-

  3. Patrick Blackman June 29, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    There is always three sides to a story. Why doesn’t he tell us how many students have not paid back the money for years, how many students have taken the money and gone overseas and have not returned or paid a cent back, lets hear about that sir. Or how many students have gone to UWI and wasted the governments money by constantly failing courses and dicking around the whole year?

    I do support the view that education should be free for all at least to first degree level and what the government did was wrong but also people need to take responsibility and do the right things so others can benefit just as they did.


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