One-track schol policy unwise
Upon reviewing the Government's official website for the criteria and award of national scholarships, it can be determined that the much-touted thrust to develop a thriving onshore economy is nothing more than the usual political rhetoric.
The website has under its "Selection Process" section a direct link to a list of "Development Areas" which are given top priority as, according to the Ministry, they are vital to the sustainable development of T&T.
However, the list has as its top priority areas of study in petroleum and mining along with central and local government study.
While these areas are indeed necessary for the country's growth, students desirous of pursuing careers in communication, marketing, tourism, fashion and many others are placed at a disadvantage due to the priority given to them by the Government.
The present administration must be reminded that to achieve a true sustainable onshore economic sector all areas of study must be encouraged and persons of many capabilities should be provided an equal platform to explore such.
Trinidad and Tobago cannot rely solely on developing the best and brightest in our energy industry and ignore the potential of those in other sectors.