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Contact: Claudia Monlouis

Tuesday, December 03, 2002 -The Minister for Education, Human Resource Development, Youth and Sports Hon. Mario Michel, has reacted to the trend of migration among skilled and professional St. Lucians to the United States of America.

The Minister says the situation strikes a forceful economic blow to poorer regions as it deprives those countries of their human capital, and could spell the extinction of any civilized society.

The Minister further lamented that many Caribbean countries have invested heavily in obtaining the one hundred percent mark in qualified teachers at the primary level, but because of the haemorrhaging in the Education system, they may be denied the possibility of ever realising that goal. Minister Michel observed that the sourcing of labour from the Caribbean was history was repeating itself, and once again, the region stands to lose as its human resource base becomes depleted.

He warned teachers not to maintain any illusions of the context in which they are being called to work in the US, pointing out that American teachers have themselves deserted those very jobs, and are unwilling to face the consequences of teaching in inner-city schools.

Minister Michel made those remarks at the 16th graduation ceremony of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College held on Sunday (December 1), which saw scores of former students from six divisions, making their formal departure.


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