Garcia: Nothing sinister in scholarships delay

Friday, November 15, 2019 - 12:00

Education Minister Anthony Garcia says there is nothing sinister regarding the as yet-unannounced 2019 CAPE Scholarship results.

Seeking to reassure students and their parents, Garcia said, “We have to make sure we are very careful in deciding.”

“The performance of our students has been very good, excellent in fact. And therefore we have to make sure that in making these decisions we give everybody an equal chance.”

Pressed to say if this meant that there would be an increase in the number of scholarship winners usually announced yearly, Garcia declined to provide any further information.

Government has a cap of no more than 400 scholarship winners per year.

During a press briefing at the Ministry of Education following Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, Garcia was unable to release the names of the scholarship winners.

He explained it was due to Cabinet's inability to come to a decision about the scholarships at this time.

Garcia is hopeful the matter can be resolved and the results presented by next week.

He reinforced, "National Scholarships are very important and they reflect the work that has been done by our students and teachers and where the students are concerned, they would have spent seven years at the secondary level, working very hard and their expectations would have realised by being awarded a scholarship.”

"Therefore in the award of scholarships, we have to be extremely careful in everything that we do so that no one is disadvantaged and no one is left behind."