Minister Jacobs criticizes renewal director’s licenses

POSTED: 11/21/12 1:05 PM

St. Maarten – “There are many examples of students who returned to the island and who have been disappointed. They may have found jobs in the fields they studied, but they have not been able to climb the ladder. The feeling for locals has been kept quite low,” Education Minister Silveria Jacobs said yesterday afternoon in a central committee meeting devoted to her policies.

“I believe this is a matter for the labor department to address,” the minister continued. “When we continue to renew director’s licenses in hotels, restaurants and businesses we have to realize this has repercussions for our young people.”

Jacobs mentioned an example of a student with an HBO-level education in marketing who returned to the island and obtained a job in Maho. “Then she saw others come in with a different color, a different nationality, who needed a permit and being placed above her. How does that make you feel as a St. Maartener?”

“Who is going to make sure that our businesses comply and that our laws are being upheld?” Jacobs said. “These things are keeping some of our young people out of the country.”

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