Government to provide incentives to offshore educational institutions

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Government to provide incentives to offshore educational institutions
Castries South MP and Education Minister Dr. Robert Lewis.
Education Minister Dr. Robert Lewis.

PRESS RELEASE – The House of Assembly Tuesday, passed the Offshore Higher Education Licensing and Incentives Bill.

This new piece of legislation will serve as a broad framework for licensing of offshore educational institutions. It will also make available incentives to the said institutions.

Minister for Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, Hon. Dr. Robert Lewis, said the bill is novel and comprehensive.

“The bill is the first to provide legislative incentives for higher education institutions in Saint Lucia. Many higher education institutions have sought incentives but they could not be given incentives because there was no legislative authority to do so.”

An eight-member board comprising two representatives from the Ministry of Education, a representative from the Ministry of Finance, two from the Ministry of Health, one from the Ministry of Physical Development, a representative from the Medical and Dental Association and one Attorney at Law – will be established to review licensing and incentives applications.

In addressing the House, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony noted that the bill also provides incentives to those who want to invest in dormitory construction.

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  1. Yea, you again. Before it was trying to make St. Lucia an educational hub, then Lambirds happened. Now it is about offshore education. When the next fiasco happens then you will blame somebody else. By the way where is the report of the inquiry into Lambirds? You have not found out what went wrong but here you are going into another scheme. It seems that you have already spotted your other Dr. Shah. Your Incompetence, its time that you relieve us of your stewarship.

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  2. MAKE SURE THAT THERE IS PROPER AND THOROUGH DUE DELIGENCE BEFORE INCENTIVES ARE GIVEN.

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  3. cocosek,Do you fully understand what the minister is bringing across to all members of the public as it relates to off shore education?

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  4. pass all types of bills to allow for trafficking then you will say the school was not accredited by your ministry even though your signature on the certificate!

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  5. Make sure next time, we don't have a repeat of any further fiasco to shame St.Lucia again. Now since we have some culprits to deal with, I would like to see the Court make a strong example of them, to send out a heavy message to any future wise guys, not to think of trying that again in St.Lucia. It made everyone looks stupid, including the 7 days Minister.

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