St. Joseph School students visit parliament

POSTED: 05/28/12 2:25 PM

GREAT BAY, St. Maarten – On Friday morning fifth graders from the St. Joseph Primary School, accompanied by their teacher and a parent, visited the parliament building.
Parliament President Gracita Arrindell commended the parent who took time off from work to assist the class teacher with the visit by the more than 25 students.
“I greatly appreciate the effort made by this parent to attend and support her son. Parents have to take time out of their busy schedules to support their children as they are the future and they need that support,” Arrindell said.
She was very pleased with the interests shown by the fifth graders into the institution of parliament. “I marveled at their faces when I see the interaction and the interests they have in the highest institution of the land.”
Arrindell told the students they should aspire to be part of the institution of parliament as it is a fundamental part of the country’s parliamentary democracy.
She explained to the students the workings of the parliamentary democracy, and the roles of Members of Parliament and the Council of Ministers.
During the enactment of a parliamentary session, students posed a number of questions to their fellow students who were acting as ministers.
The questions that students asked each other were about the economy, crime, and independence for Sint Maarten, life sentence for human trafficking, and how disputes between ministers are dealt with.
After the presentation the students toured the parliament building.

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