Saint Lucia announces educational incentives for 2022

The Minister for Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training of Saint Lucia, Shawn Edward, commented recently on some of the initiatives put in place by the Ministry of Education to help facilitate the reopening of school

Saint Lucia announces educational incentives for 2022
Saint Lucia announces educational incentives for 2022

Castries, Saint Lucia: The Minister for Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Vocational Training of Saint Lucia, Shawn Edward, commented recently on some of the initiatives put in place by the Ministry of Education to help facilitate the reopening of school.

“As much as possible, we have tried to provide students and teachers with as comfortable an environment in which to operate. It is for this reason, we spared no effort to ensure that we went into every single school plant, looked at the issues, and we were able to work very closely with principals and school administrators to ensure that we tackled the more critical issues that confronted them. As far as that is concerned, we are approximately 98 percent complete.”

The minister went on to discuss the necessity of equipping students and teachers with Information and Communications Technology.

“In keeping with the one laptop per child program we have prepared in excess of 4000 devices for distribution within the school system. The incoming Form One students will be receiving chrome books, the form Two students will also be receiving chrome books and in select cases the third formers will be receiving devices.”

The minister added that government has made resources available to pay facilities fees for primary and secondary public school students; installed smart classrooms in select primary and secondary schools; and has included benefits for students wanting to pursue tertiary level education.

“In the coming weeks we are making available to students wanting to pursue higher education in excess of 100 university scholarships and this is going to be nicely complemented by 150 bursaries for students wanting to pursue studies at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College,” he said.

The minister concluded by imploring parents to play their part in aiding their children in the pursuit of academic success.