Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has called on France to increase its level of support to the OECS with regard to teaching of the French language.
Mr. Skerrit, who is also Chairman of the OECS, made the point at a recent meeting held French President, Francois Hollande.
“We just came back on Sunday from Martinique and Guadeloupe in a meeting with the French President. I had a bilateral meeting with the French President to speak on Dominica-France relations, “Mr. Skerrit said. “ I took up the opportunity being the Chairman of the OECS to speak on OECS matters.”
He continued, “I raised a number of issues with the French President, one of which is the issue of scholarships to Dominicans students to study in France and also the teaching of the French language at our schools.”
According to Mr. Skerrit, he informed Mr. Hollande that over the years there has been a dramatic drop in the level of support which the French republic gives to the OECS countries in so far as the teaching of French is concerned.
“I believe that by providing scholarships to OECS students to study in the French countries will enhance the relation which exists between Dominica and France…so we look forward to that,” he stated.