Males outnumber females at SJPI

While it is fairly well known that females today outnumber males in many colleges, this trend has been reversed at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI).

Principal Hector Belle beamed with excitement as he presented the student statistics during last night’s graduation ceremony at the Wildey Institution.

“In this country, you always find that you have more females in training than males, but in this institute, the males have recognized how important it is in building up the country,” Belle said as he outlined that 334 females and 675 males are enrolled in the SJPI’s full-time programmes.

The principal also reported an improvement in the graduation rate.

“Last year when we spoke about graduation, I wasn’t a very happy principal at all, this year I can smile a bit because the graduation rate by divisions has improved,” he said.

The agriculture, automotive welding, building business, electrical engineering, human ecology and mechanical engineering divisions saw increases of 70, 58, 61, 71, 65 and 74 per cent respectively.

“These efforts have been achieved through the committed work of staff, enhanced methods of assessment, improved quality assurance and greater flexibility, coupled with the adaptation of blended learning,” Belle said.

Principal of Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) Hector Belle.

He congratulated the grandaunts and encouraged them to continue to pursue their dreams.

“You should feel a sense of pride at your achievement. Having reached this stage in your career, you have demonstrated that you have the required skill and knowledge and deserve your certificate,” Belle said.

Giving brief remarks, SJPI Chairman, Desmond Browne said the recent name change at the institution was just an indication of how they have grown over the past ten years.

“We have not abandoned our original mandate to teach skills and trades to all Barbadians – males and females. We are still an open admissions institution, we are not turning away people because of qualifications. As a matter of fact, we are making specific efforts to deal with those who are less able. Our weakest students will be guided through the coursework,” he said.

The SJPI currently provides training to more 1598 students (978 full time, 442 open and flexible learning and 169 on day releases).

Chairman of Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology (SJPI) Desmond Browne.

22 Responses to Males outnumber females at SJPI

  1. Charming Forde
    Charming Forde November 12, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Very nice

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  2. 3rdsun November 12, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Not surprising as males tend to gravitate toward trades and practical training, while females move towards academic studies. But the Education minister play he don’t know this.

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  3. Charming Forde
    Charming Forde November 12, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    This is awesome, job well done young, now go out there and make some money, make yourselves and your family proud.

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  4. Jennifer November 12, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    This educational skills arm is one area which definitely needs upliftment from the government. Following a short apprenticeship will be a bonus. What these graduates need is also some finances to help them to set up businesses (do not be afraid guys). I am all for supporting you all. With a business consortium to oversee their progress. I hope entrepreneurship was grafted into these courses.

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  5. Sheron Inniss November 12, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Kudos to all. Skills take a nation forward.

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  6. Carson C Cadogan November 12, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    This is very good news.

    Instead of having a degree in every household as Beckles wanted, we should have had a skilled person in every household.

    And Black people would have been further along the road of life instead of being at the bottom of the social heap.

    All a degree in every house hold has done, is to create Black servants for the White people and Indian people.

    Half of the money being pumped into the UWI ought to go to The Samuel Jackman Prescod Institute of Technology.

    UWI is nothing more than a Degree Mill.

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    • Jennifer November 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      Well stated CCC. And this is BASIC that most black persons in this place cannot envision. This is why these guys/gals need help and support.

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  7. archy perch November 12, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    I am still calling for financial audits of the UWI. That institution is sucking government,s nipples sore, and with no letup as the big salaries are splashed with nothing but a bunch of political opportunists like Jeremy Stephens.

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    • Carson C Cadogan November 12, 2017 at 5:25 pm

      hear, hear.

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  8. Mark Smart
    Mark Smart November 12, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Good thing for men. It is usually the other way around.

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  9. Kim Went
    Kim Went November 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Wonderful

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  10. Brathwaite-Haynes Joycelyn
    Brathwaite-Haynes Joycelyn November 12, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    Fabulous news. Congrats all.

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  11. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma November 12, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    Well done! We need to see the men taking more responsibility and being pillars of the society. Good to train and keep abreast of what is required in terms of work skills and business prospects of the time even though work could be hard to come by.

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  12. Blessed Bobb
    Blessed Bobb November 12, 2017 at 5:39 pm

    Way to go guys!

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  13. Olivia Wilkinson
    Olivia Wilkinson November 12, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Awesomeeeeee!

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  14. Dwyte A. Bishop
    Dwyte A. Bishop November 12, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Great news

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  15. Dale Greenidge
    Dale Greenidge November 12, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    What them expect smh

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  16. luther thorne November 12, 2017 at 9:46 pm

    I see the DLP Consortium – Propaganda Arm is at again here on this thread and has taken to attacking Hilary , a man who has spoken on DLP platforms. The DLP Consortium likes to brand everyone else as being political just like how that moderator does at CBC where the most insipid comments by those showing bias in favour of the DLP are encouragef but hostility and cross talking if someone from an opposing perspective wants to make a point. Callers such as Commissioner , Trinidad Woman and Ms. Undecided are given a wide berth whilst Cytomia is sometimes attacked along with “MR. St. George North ” and”” Mottley Lawyer” along with Mr Kellman (not the MP) and others. Brand everyone who has a different view as Political while they themselves are the most polarized people in the Country.

    Glad to see males outnumbering females and let me say to the Nasty minded stinking DLP Consortium that there are Degrees to be had in all the subjects taught at the Institute SJPI. So tek off yuh blinkers
    You the DLP do not want people to get DEGREES. Fumble and dem do 2 and 3 degrees and now aint want nobody to get none.

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  17. luther thorne November 12, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    I see the DLP Consortium – Propaganda Arm is at again here on this thread and has taken to attacking Hilary , a man who has spoken on DLP platforms. The DLP Consortium likes to brand everyone else as being political just like how that moderator does at CBC where the most insipid comments by those showing bias in favour of the DLP are encouragef but hostility and cross talking if someone from an opposing perspective wants to make a point. Callers such as Commissioner , Trinidad Woman and Ms. Undecided are given a wide berth whilst Cytomia is sometimes attacked along with “MR. St. George North ” and”” Mottley Lawyer” along with Mr Kellman (not the MP) and others. Brand everyone who has a different view as Political while they themselves are the most polarized people in the Country.

    Glad to see males outnumbering females and let me say to the Nasty minded DLP Consortium that there are Degrees to be had in all the subjects taught at the Institute SJPI. So tek off yuh blinkers
    You the DLP do not want people to get DEGREES. Fumble and dem do 2 and 3 degrees and now aint want nobody to get none.
    SHAME on you9

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  18. Helicopter(8P) November 13, 2017 at 11:07 am

    Man Des! You know how good I feel when I could read this good news in BT!! This means that these graduates will be getting together on business projects as they join together to produce their ideas to the authorities and start their amalgamated and special works companies. Mr Browne I am proud to see our youth have focused to to take our country into the technological future. God bless them all!

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  19. Ralph Greene November 13, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    The DLP yard-fowls on this thread should now encourage the financial agencies to give loans to these skilled young men, to start their own business. Or wunna just looking to exploit their talents when they enter the job market and having them to wait weeks before getting paid for work done.

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  20. Robin November 14, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Congratulations to the males, we are leading again

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