More than 30 tertiary students from Western St. Mary were presented with cheques to assist them with their tuition fees, at the Gayle Seventh Day Adventist Church, in the parish, on August 22.
Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Senator Warren Newby addressing tertiary students at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, in Gayle, on August 22.
An additional 64 tertiary students from the same area, who have been approved for assistance under the initiative, will receive their cheques at a later date.
The assistance has been provided from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) allocated to Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Local Government and Member of Parliament for Western St. Mary, Hon. Robert Montague.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Montague told the students that they should make the best use of the opportunities that they were receiving now.
He argued that the best investment one can make is in education, adding that a recent survey showed that students from St. Mary performed in the ‘top 10’ at the institutions they are attending.
Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, with responsibility for Local Government, and Member of Parliament for Western St. Mary, Hon. Robert Montague, presents Shelly-Gay Barnett, a second year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environment Health at the University of Technology, with her sponsorship cheque, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church, in Gayle, on August 22.
Urging them to continue the tradition that other achievers have set, he said that “when you get an education, no one can take it back from you.”
In his address, Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, Senator Warren Newby, said education is the key to transformation as a people. He said it is through education that we can guarantee positive change and see improvement in the condition of lives.
He urged the students to apply themselves to creating new technologies. “I believe that our young people are poised to acquire the skills that will enable them to conceptualise new ways of learning, and new ways of doing old things. That will be the base of our new economy,” he added.
Dale Walker, one of the recipients, who will be pursuing a course in Physical Education and Science at the GC Foster College this year, said he was pleased with the opportunity that this help has given him. Shelly-Gaye Barnett, a second year student pursuing Environment Health at the University of Technology, said this initiative has given her well-needed assistance with her tuition fees, for which she is grateful.