Front row: Acting Permanent Secretary, Janet Phillips (first from left); Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training, Santia Bradshaw (fifth from left); and Chief Education Officer Karen Best (second from right) with the 2019 Exhibition recipients.
More obtain top national honours in 2019
The number of students obtaining Barbados Scholarships and Exhibitions has increased this year.
In fact, this year’s winners of these top national honours exceed those of the past two years. This was revealed by Deputy Chief Education Officer, Joy Adamson who announced the 2019 Barbados Scholarship and Exhibition winners during a press conference on Friday at Erdiston Teachers’ Training College.
“In 2017, we had 26 scholarships, in 2018, we had 25 scholarships and in 2019, we have 27 scholarships. [Meanwhile] in 2017, we had 19 Exhibitions, in 2018, we had 34 Exhibitions and in 2019, we have 36 Exhibitions.”
Adamson said the majority of the 2019 Barbados Scholarship and Exhibition winners were from Queen College. This school obtained 16 scholarships and 17 exhibitions. Following behind was Harrison College with ten scholarships and ten exhibitions, the Barbados Community College with one scholarship and one exhibition.
Seven students from The St. Michael School also obtained exhibitions and one Christ Church Foundation School pupil attained an exhibition.
Forty-one of the scholarships and exhibitions were awarded to students whose studies were in the areas of Science and Technology, nine in the area of Business and in other combinations, there were 11 students.
Education Minister, Santia Bradshaw said she is pleased to see the numbers increase while noting that it does mean that government is “going to have to be looking for some more money”. Bradshaw further stated government has “been consistent as well in the award of the scholarships and exhibitions” and it believes “in the investment of education.”
She also said government “will continue to support those who excel in these areas as well and we have also made the commitment to ensure the technical and vocational areas are also given due acknowledgement and due weight.”