Marshall Urges Prime Minister to Prioritize Key Scholarships for National Development
Senator Samantha Marshall today challenged the government’s scholarship distribution strategy, calling for a more targeted approach that aligns with the critical needs of Antigua and Barbuda.
Senator Marshall acknowledged the Honorable Prime Minister’s emphasis on the need for more hotel rooms but swiftly transitioned into a plea for a focus on human resource development, particularly for the small men and women in the country.
Drawing attention to the current scholarship allocation practices, Senator Marshall directed her appeal to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, proposing a shift towards scholarships in strategic fields that address the pressing needs of the nation.
She questioned the efficacy of providing scholarships that do not contribute to meaningful development upon the return of scholars.
“The Prime Minister gives away millions of dollars in scholarships every single year, but Mr. Prime Minister, it is time to have your Cabinet members identify the critical areas,” Senator Marshall asserted. She urged a departure from the conventional practice of distributing scholarships indiscriminately and advocated for a more nuanced approach.
The senator specifically recommended scholarships in engineering, quantity surveying, and wide sector areas of tourism, highlighting the importance of developing expertise to address issues like climate change. She stressed the need for a more deliberate strategy, saying, “Let us look at the critical areas in every ministry.”
Continuing her plea, Senator Marshall underscored the need for more professionals in key areas such as psychiatry, psychology, youth development, and data statistics.
She emphasized the importance of creating a workforce equipped with the necessary skills to contribute effectively to the nation’s growth and development.
“I hope you’re listening, Mr. Prime Minister,” Senator Marshall concluded, urging a reevaluation of scholarship priorities to ensure they align with the critical areas essential for national development.
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