- Written by Jermine Abel
St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): The Ministry of Education is once again appealing for the young people in the federation to make use of scholarship opportunities available so that they can develop various sectors across the country.
Permanent Secretary for Education, Vincent Hodge explained that by people taking those opportunities it will spur people to create a more robust job environment.
He said that there are a number of vocational scholarships available that go un-utilized.
“In the area of technical and vocational education, we have scholarships available we are begging some of our persons to come and take these scholarships and go off to study careers in plumbing, in carpentry, in masonry, electricity. So there are scholarships that could offer training, advanced training, retooling and equipping. It has to be that persons are interested in wanting to do these things.”
That comes against the backdrop of the government pushing STEM subjects- that is, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in the schools.
Mr. Hodge told WINN FM that the ministry is working to create an enabling environment for the next generation of young people in St. Kitts and Nevis.
He confirmed that they are currently in the process of outfitting schools across St. Kitts with computer labs in order to enhance Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the various learning institutions.
Mr. Hodge disclosed that three computers labs are already completed and ready to be operationalized, however, it is the government’s desire to have all 18 public primary schools outfitted.
The Permanent Secretary explained that the development of technology within the schools is not only for the government to undertake, the assistance of the private sector is also needed.
“This is not something for the government alone to do, it’s the whole private sector any kind of job, any kind of agency or individuals who help to make jobs within the economy.”