The government of Dominica is currently assisting a total of 578 young Dominicans to further their education at various learning institutions abroad.
Education Minister Petter Saint Jean made the disclosure while addressing a meeting at the Newtown Primary School on Tuesday with students who have received financial assistance for the academic year 2019-2020. Close to 350 students are leaving to study abroad this year.
“It is actually 578 young Dominicans that the government of Dominica is actually paying tuition, housing, in some cases tuition only and some of them on full scholarships,” Saint Jean said.
The last financial year ended in June but according to Saint Jean, it is expected that the 2019-220 budget will be presented in parliament “somewhere about end of July, early August…I cannot give you the exact date.”
He said the Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Roosevelt Skerrit must approve some of the scholarships, “even before we go to parliament and approve the budget.”
Saint Jean revealed that for this new financial year 2019-2020, the government has already given a commitment amounting to more than $10 million.
“So even before we’ve gone to parliament, we have a commitment to young Dominicans…,” he stated. “We have already given commitment amounting to $10.9 million.”