Arrindell meets with representatives University

POSTED: 02/8/13 1:13 PM

St. Maarten – MP drs. Gracita Arrindell met with representatives of the University of St. Martin (USM) last week. The meeting was focused on the subject of the teacher’s accreditation program and the process leading up to the recognition of the USM.

“Tertiary education is very important to our country, especially when we have hundreds of students leaving secondary school, and want to further their studies locally,” Arrindell stated in a press release.

“This matter has been in discussion for many years. Since the new constitutional status went into effect on October 10, 2010, there is still clarity and support needed in terms of the extent of having or putting in place a legal system or basis for accreditation and how the acknowledgement process of our tertiary educational institutions took place or if necessary must proceed. St. Maarten has a lot of work to do in terms of reviewing or ‘catching up’ on laws that have been inherited from the former Netherlands Antilles. In order to further understand this issue and inform myself on this matter a meeting was held with USM President Annelies van den Assem and USM Acting Head of Academics Glen Yeung,” she said.

“The next step will be to request a meeting of the Education Committee of Parliament and invite USM officials to provide their views regarding this matter to parliament, thereafter if corrective measures are needed to act. In other words what steps must be taken in order to formalize the recognition of the USM as the Institute for Tertiary Education on St. Maarten,” Gracita Arrindell concluded.


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