Come back or pay back, Jones tells scholarship winners

Minister of Education Ronald Jones has issued a stern warning to the island’s latest national development scholarship winners that they must either come back home upon completion of their studies or pay back whatever was spent on educating them abroad.

“When I look at the amounts of money we are spending on those who will be going for three years and four years, it’s quite substantial; it’s not four cents,” Jones said.

“Yes, there will be offers made to you, but you are not to accept these offers when you have completed your studies. If you do, you pay back the State. That’s what happens. There is nothing to say that you can’t stay, but you are bonded in these scholarships . . . because as a small developing country, we just can’t provide you with the support that you would get from these scholarships and then you stay and work for somebody else.  We need you here. That is why you are granted the scholarships,” he told the recipients.

The Ministry of Education has offered scholarships to Dawn-Marie Armstrong, who will pursue a professional doctorate in sports and exercise psychology; registered nurse Roseanna Lewis, who will be pursuing her master’s degree in occupational health, safety and environmental management; Hallam Connell, who will study for a BSc in Animal Science; Natalya Brathwaite, who will be working towards a master’s degree in forensic accounting; Matthew Banfield, who will pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Music Performance; and Peter Bernstein, who will pursue MSc in Clinical Neuropsychology.

Four of the six will study in the United Kingdom, while the other two will pursue their further education in Canada and New Zealand.

Additionally, Sharice Francis has been named as the island’s latest Commonwealth scholarship winner and will be heading to the University of Aberdeen in Scotland to pursue her master’s degree in human rights law and criminal justice.

Francis was offered a 2017 Chevening Scholarship earlier this year but turned it down in favour of the Commonwealth scholarship.

The national development scholarships are offered in areas identified as critical to the island’s development.

Jones said although the country was going through its fair share of financial and economic challenges, Barbados continued to look out for its young people.

He advised the recipients to be “an ambassador for Barbados, not only in your behaviour, but in the quality of your work”.  

8 Responses to Come back or pay back, Jones tells scholarship winners

  1. hcalndre August 14, 2017 at 11:43 pm

    Pay back? Yes. Come back? No.

  2. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry August 14, 2017 at 11:58 pm

    Scholarship and student loan is two different things.

  3. fedup August 15, 2017 at 6:43 am

    Refuse a well paying job and come back to look fuh one dat paying “buttons”? I will send back dee $. Duh got jobs bout hey? lolol

  4. W. Andrew Deane August 15, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Yeahhh let me know how that works out for you? When they come back, where are you going to employ them? What wonderful opportunities will you give them to make their mark? How much are you going to pay and then tax them more than half their salary while you try to tax your way out of a recession? Yeah right? ..and pigs fly over a frozen hell!!

  5. sungoddess August 15, 2017 at 8:20 am

    So is it a loan or a scholarship grant? Because cleanerly the definition of these two words escape the Minister of Education.

  6. sungoddess August 15, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Yes I mean ‘cleanerly’.

  7. Tony Waterman August 15, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    @hcalndre!!!!! I am amazed at how far all this Education has really got us. in my time growing up in Barbados, the Big thing in pursuing higher studies, and better pesonal economics, wa going to England to persue new opportunities, but in order to go there, someone, had to lend them the money for the “Surriento” Passage to England, and for upkeep until you were settled in and Earning, that person was the then Governments of Barbados, and those LOANS were SECURED by usually Parents putting up their Lands/Houses (Properties) as Colatteral.
    Today, with all the Highly Educated persons we have running things, we expect to getour Monies back, by a gentle Persons agreement, nothing with anyone’s signature on it, and Nothingas colatteral that will give us leverage, How Smart of us.

    if they do not have their Signature on a LEGAL Conreact with the Government, and these is NO Collateral, Mr Jones!!!! Dont be so STUOID as to stand there like you are some kind of a God, and say that they MUST NOT accept Jobs overseas, they MUST Come back.
    SIR!!!! Where is the LEGAL and BINDING Contract that says so. FOOOOOLLLLLL!!!!!!!

  8. Bajan STILL Abroad August 19, 2017 at 4:48 am

    I mean he honestly does have a point. The whole purpose of these scholarships is to reduce brain drain. Now….that being said, will the Honourable Minister concede that the economic policies of the government within which he serves has not created an environment where said folks can come back to Barbados AND hold an acceptable job for the degrees in which they are qualified? I’m not sure how many Barbadians are willing to put in however many years of study, and the rest of the money for which these scholarships do not cover, just to come back and work at a register in a gas station on Bay Street. #DunTalk #SoExcellent


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