Letter: Scholarships and economic development


Dear Sir:

The Trinidad and Tobago government has just announced that instead of awarding scholarships for tertiary education based on academic performance across the board in whatever, especially since most of the awards are in mathematics and science, these scholarships will in future be awarded to recipients in areas that are deemed necessary for the development of the country – its socio-economic growth and development. Hence a committee will be appointed to advise on, I presume, the relevant areas.

With particular reference to the economy of Trinidad and Tobago, we are at the end of the petroleum plantation and the need is (was always there) to diversify the economy; grow or develop an onshore economy that can create globally competitive export companies. Besides…

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