Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Education Senator Harry Husbands is advocating that students be equipped with Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs) and a foreign language when they leave the educational system.
Husbands was at the time addressing the 15 winners of the Lawson Weekes Educational Scholarship from the constituency of St Michael North West.
He told the class four graduates of Deacons Primary, St Stephen’s Primary, Eagle Hall Primary and Half Moon Fort to get engage and learn a lifelong skill when they enter into secondary.
“We’re making a lot of our education skills based, so that along with the traditional academic qualifications, each student can leave school with a skill that is valuable in the workplace,” he said, adding that these skills will be valuable not only in Barbados but throughout the region.
Husbands encouraged to students gathered at the Almond Bay to follow in the steps of Lawson Weekes and be individuals that create jobs not only for themselves but also for others.
“In the tradition of Lawson Weekes as a person who not only looks for work, looks for jobs but actually creates jobs, that is where the education system is going today,” the Senator noted.
“Anything that these organizations do is icing on the cake, the responsibility, first and foremost is yours. The responsibility has to be yours and other agencies will come to your assistance . . . Anything that these agencies do is extra and you should be thankful for it,” he said.