The Dominica State College (DSC) will get $1.2-million in contributions annually from the government of Dominica, prime minister Roosevelt Skerrit has announced.
This is in addition to $3-million the institution is already getting in government contributions annually.
The prime minister made the announcement at the college on Wednesday evening during a ceremony of the Dominica Employment and Small Business Support Agency Apprenticeship Orientation Exercise.
He said the increase in cash was necessary because of increased enrollment and administrative cost at the college.
“I had a meeting with the management and board of the college,” the prime minister said. “This college was created in 2002 to increase access to higher education for our young people and in large measure, the government of Dominica, the treasury of Dominica, has been underwriting the full expense of running the college but with increased enrollment you will see an increase in administrative cost…”
He noted that every year the college gets about $3-million from the government “and I have given a commitment to the college that we will make an increased contribution or $1.2 million annually to the college, taking the $3-million annually to $4.2-million.”
The prime minister pointed out that the government’s action “is geared towards ensuring our students can not only gain access to the college but have the means of taking advantage of the access.”
“So it is all left to the young people,” Skerrit said. “We have invested in excess of $30-million in this facility …you have all the teachers you need to teach you and the college has 99 percent of the money it needs now to teach you and to make sure you are in school.”