Saturday 14 December, 2019

Dominican students welcomed in Barbados

Students from various schools during the church service to mark the start of Education Month.

Students from various schools during the church service to mark the start of Education Month.

Barbados will soon be accepting close to 50 students from Dominica to complete their studies at the Barbados Community College (BCC). In addition, the Ministry of Education will also be making arrangements, as needed, for primary school students out of Dominica to continue their studies here.

This was indicated by Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, as he spoke to the media on the sidelines of the launch of Education Month at the Abundant Life Assembly today.

Dominica is still reeling from the effects of Hurricane Maria which lashed the island two weeks ago and residents there are depending on relief from Caribbean territories as well as international aid to rebuild.

Jones said the Ministry is finalising the details for the final year students headed to Barbados Community College. He said the exercise is a more complicated for secondary and primary.

“Let’s understand though that at the level of our secondary schools, we don’t have much capacity there even though we have been taking in a few but we don’t have as much capacity as we want. At the level of the primary school we may be able to do more.”

He noted at the primary level students would need to establish a familial or guardianship relationship with someone in Barbados before arrangements can be made to house them.

Jones commended the many donations students have made so far and urged them to intensify the donation efforts, especially for school and classroom supplies.

“It may not be now but when they are up and going it is a whole lot of stuff they are going to need. I would like the children of Barbados to contribute to that effort.”

Over the last month schools across the island have been coordinating donations to gather food supplies and water to send off to hurricane ravished islands.

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