Government one step closer to presenting return on investment study

POSTED: 08/14/13 3:10 PM

St. Maarten- Government will soon be able to present its findings on a two year Return on Investment (ROI) study that was commissioned by the Education Ministry. The study sought to find out how St. Maarten has benefited from the annual approval of hundreds of students for scholarships and study financing. While many leave these shores destined for the Netherlands, Curacao, North America and other parts of the world, it is still to be determined how Country St. Maarten has been able to gain from investments in education.

Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Patricia Lourens told Today, that a draft report is already available.
“The managers of the different departments had a look at the draft and will be meeting to give feedback on it and then it will be sent back to the consultant for his finalization before being officially presented,” the minister stated in response to queries from Today.

The minister stayed clear of citing any of the initial findings but did indicate the study was conducted by consultant Dr. Julian Romney.
“I believe it took a matter of two years for him to conduct this study. He had to visit Holland and different places to get all of the information that he needed. This was all part of the Education Ministry’s budget,” Minister Lourens added.

The first United People’s Party/Democratic Party governing coalition in 2011 presented it governing program, one of the highlights of which was the ROI. However since then there has been little information known about the study variables, research method, cost and sample size.
Minister Lourens could not readily provide information on the cost of the study.

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