Education Minister outlines policy on returning Friday

POSTED: 04/19/12 12:44 PM

Wescot-Williams no longer heading to the Hague

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Sports and Youth Affairs, Dr. Rhoda Arrindell travelled to The Hague on Wednesday at the invitation of the Soualiga Foundation there to make a presentation to students on ‘Study Successful, Return Successfully.’ The objective of the forum is to examine and document the issues affecting St.Maarten students in the Netherlands, particularly their success rate at school and their decision to return or not to return after their studies.
“I will be presenting government’s policies on the issue of our students coming back to assist in the development of the island,” Dr. Arrindell said.
Interactive sessions will follow her presentation.
Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams, who was also scheduled to travel to the Netherlands, for the forum and to attempt a ministerial consultation with Minister of Home Affairs and Kingdom Relations Liesbeth Spies on the plans of approach decided not to make the trip because of “issues with confirmations.” The discussion with Minister Spies will now take place by teleconference on April 24.
“I am glad to know and to note that the minister of education will still be travelling. I want to wish the minister success with her travel. It is still my intention to organize the bigger return home type of a session in the Netherlands,” Wescot-Williams said.
The wider event will cater to students, people from St. Maarten and people who are interested in St. Maarten. It will focus in on the country’s development and the human resource needs.
“I want to have that call go out as a nation as we continue, as a nation to prepare for our future developments. As you know there are several projects ongoing at this time charting the way for St. Maarten going into the future. As you know the activities regarding an economic strategic plan has started. It is the expectation as well that on the 30th of April that I’ll be signing with the (United Nations Development Program edi.,-) UNDP for the National Development Plan for St. Maarten and so it’s important that this information is distributed to those persons that are keenly looking at St. Maarten, persons from St. Maarten wondering about their possible return to St. Maarten. So from that perspective I would still like to have that session going, but in the meantime we are quite pleased with the response and the assistance that has been given to the Soualiga Foundation in preparing for the event on the 20th of April,” the prime minister said.

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