“Proper management” is the solution to what Dominica’s Education Minister Petter Saint Jean says are problems facing the Dominica State College (DSC).
Saint Jean made that declaration as a guest on Kairi FM’s Heng program this week.
The DSC is reportedly facing financial problems and is unable to pay utility bills and staff.
However, Saint Jean said while the institution is facing several challenges, it must be managed properly.
“The Dominica State College has challenges, but as government we are addressing those issues because it is too important an institution in Dominica for us to leave it on its own,” he stressed. “However the management has to take full responsibility for the operation and ensure that they have a proper system in place to ensure success,” he pointed out.
Saint Jean disclosed that government provides the DSC with a monthly subvention of $249,000 and argued that the issue is not about the finances, but the management of the organization.
Meantime Saint Jean has also brushed aside claims that government is unable to pay the tuition fees of students receiving public assistance.
He said government assists more than 90 percent of students who attend the DSC by paying their tuition.
“Government does owe the state college some monies for the students for whom we pay the tuition. That is being addressed by my ministry,” he explained.
The arrangement, according to Saint Jean, is such that the education ministry advises the DSC that government will pay the tuition for certain students and the government is subsequently billed.
“So we don’t usually pay up front but we always make good on our payments. It may be late from time to time but we always pay,” he stressed.
Saint Jean said the ministry is currently going through the list of students being assisted to ensure it is ‘sanitized.’