Shadow Minister of Education Walton Brown today expressed his disappointment at the reduction in government scholarship funding, saying that “there are other areas where money can be found to ensure that our deserving students are not the ones bearing the brunt of the OBA’s fiscal policies.
This afternoon [June 21] Education Minister Nalton Brangman said that the scholarships will institute a ceiling of $35,000 for tuition and accommodation. Previously the scholarship package extended from a low of $17,000 up to a high of almost $75,000 per school year for individual BGS recipients.
Minister Brangman said, “During the budget debate I explained that the Ministry of Education’s budget had been reduced and that a significant area of impact was scholarships and awards.”
Speaking this afternoon Mr. Brown said, “I spoke with the Minister this morning and urged him to reconsider….noting that this is ill advised and will significantly hurt those needing support to advance themselves.
“With respect to the Bermuda Scholarship I urged him to reconsider the devaluation so that it might retain its status as the premier recognition of academic excellence. He unfortunately would not reconsider.”
Mr. Brown feels that the decrease in funding will adversely affect many deserving students. He recognizes the Government’s need to be fiscally prudent but feels that “there are other areas where money can be found to ensure that our deserving students are not the ones bearing the brunt of the OBA’s fiscal policies.”
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