Prime minister meets St. Lucian students in Cuba

Prime minister meets St. Lucian students in Cuba

Yesterday, May 30, 2013, the prime minister and other members of his delegation met with Saint Lucians studying in Cuba.

Currently, there are some 93 students studying in Cuba in various fields.

Prime Minister Anthony began the meeting with brief remarks and indicated that the meeting will be open to discuss any issue and respond to any questions the students my have.

The students were concerned about the cost of travel between Cuba and Saint Lucia, financial assistance during their period of study, and the accreditation of their degrees. Several students asked questions about the state of the economy and its future prospects.

Dr. Anthony took the opportunity to explain the measures taken by the government of Saint Lucia and why the measures were necessary at this time.

Dr. Anthony congratulated the students on the manner in which they have represented Saint Lucia during their period of study. He also encouraged students in the medical field who had the opportunity to specialize, to do so, as this would enhance the opportunity for employment in and out of Saint Lucia.

Currently, eight of these students are pursuing specialize training in various medical disciplines.

Dr. Anthony also expressed his pleasure that three of the students in attendance had pursued degrees in sports. These are skills, he told the students, that the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports will certainly need in the months ahead, particularly, as Saint Lucia has to prepare to host Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017.

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  1. Lucians getting the opportunity to study abroad and they want government to come and get them when they want to come back. Tough luck!! Ungrateful youts

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  2. You guys must be kidding,here people are complaining about nitty gritty finance where as there are several students who are studying in the uk and have to bear every aspect of the cost.

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  3. Dr. Anthony did not cancel the stipend. It was reduced from $200 USD to $100USD after Cuban authorities raised concern that students were receiving stipends higher than the salaries of their lecturers. Like Dr. Anthony said at the meeting, there will be a review of the process, as the Cuban Authorities are going to be making a smaller number of scholarships available as they are moving into self financed degrees as a means of assisting their own economic environment.

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    • So is it our problem, that the Cuban authorities are treating those lecturers (in fact almost every Cuban) as slaves?

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    • you should know all your facts Ms Jn Pierre before you comment. The stipend was reduced in 1999 from USD 200 to USD 100 and then completely removed in 2005. Airfare coverage was also removed that year

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  4. AA lpm can i educate you that ALL small island states assisted their students financially during 2002 - 2007, however kenny cancelled the stipend and airfare assistance. So watz all dat ting about visiting dem now? Also in 2001 spetemebr a hurricane hit cuba cienfuegos province and Antigua, Jamaica and bahamas all helped their students except for loosha. So LPM who playin politiks?

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      • LOL...with all of el silvestre's hard-to-read English, I think he was actually addressing blogger 'lpm shut up,' not the party without a seat.

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    • If you are trying to be sarcastic, he was a teacher at one time. He is an all rounder so up left to you who dosen't know jacck shit. I am not loyal to any party but when some of you nink and poops wants to be political someone should put you in your place. Crawl back under your stone.

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