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Friday, 14 June 2013 09:20

 

WILLEMSTAD — We currently have 67 students studying in the region with support from Stichting Studiefinanciering Curaçao (SSC), Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports, Rubina ‘Rubia’ Bitorina (PS), said during a public meeting of the Parliament. The vast majority of these youngsters (namely 52) are studying in the United States.Responding to questions by MFK-parliamentarian Monique Koeyers-Felida in the first question round Minister Bitorina elaborated on the current possibilities for youngsters wishing to study in the region, in other words the Caribbean area, the United States and Central & South America. This school year an attempt was made to have youngsters study in the region considering that many of the youngsters studying in the Netherlands every year either fail or don’t return to the island. In the previous school year 25 students studied in the region and another 42 in the school year 2012/2013. The figures from the minister show that 52 of these SSC-students studied in the United States, 6 in Costa Rica, 2 in Puerto Rico, 3 in Cuba, 2 in Mexico, and 1 in Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica.

 

Youngsters must be 18 or close to 18 of age to qualify for scholarship. Combining sports and studying is also a possibility to qualify for scholarship. However, the figures from the minister this morning showed that two 15-year old SSC-students are studying in the region and four 17-year old SSC-students. Although most of the students are 19 years of age as many as 17 youngsters of this age are SSC-students in the region. The oldest student is 27, said the minister. MFK-parliamentarian Koeyers-Felida asked if a 13-year old SCC-student was studying in the region but the minister’s figures showed this was not the case.

Forty percent of the scholarship regards a study grant and 60 percent a loan. The latter can be paid in a period of 5, 10 or 15 years.