Renowned for achievements in the education system, the Barbados Government will not be resting on these distinctions going forward.
Instead, it intends to move with haste to create an education system that continues to foster a spirit of enterprise and entrepreneurship to produce people with the skills and knowledge for wealth creation, which is expected to result in a more competitive job market and effective living.
This was one of the national objectives set out by Governor General Sir Elliott Belgrave as he delivered the Throne Speech this evening at the official opening of Parliament.
Outlining the Government’s programmes for this parliamentary term, the Head of State said the administration was fully aware of the work needed to keep Barbados on a steady path and it intended to “work tirelessly” because “my Government firmly believes that a country which fails to invest in its youth is a country without a future”.
“My Government, during this term, will undertake the construction of at least two new secondary schools and reduce the roll of secondary schools to a more manageable figure of 800 to 850 students,” said Sir Elliott.
“At the same time, it will continue to develop programmes for the at-risk students and for the differently-able in our society. My Government will establish additional campuses of the Barbados Community College and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic in the northern and eastern parishes to cater to those students who otherwise, would have difficulty travelling to St. Michael.
“My Government will grant an income tax deduction of up to $5,000 on the interest on loans sourced from the Student’s Revolving Loan Fund and will provide as well, an income tax deduction of $5,000 maximum per year for those pursuing tertiary education or training at an overseas internationally recognised institution,” he added. (KC)††