by Eulana Weekes
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): In a quest to encourage persons to study scarcely sought after but very important career paths, the Premier of Nevis, The Honourable Mark Brantley disclosed that Law, Medicine and Business does not form part of the NIA’s Priority List. In the case of Medicine, the premier informed that there is an exception for persons who want to specialise in a specific area of Medicine.
Brantley made this disclosure during his Monthly Press Conference on Thursday January 27, where he outlined a number of scholarship opportunities available and also extended an invitation for persons to apply for financial assistance from the Nevis Island Administration if they are desirous of furthering their education.
According to Brantley, statistics have shown that far too many students are gravitating towards the same areas of study. He also shared the consequence of this.
” Statistically, we have found that far, far too many of our students are doing the same thing.So, a lot of our students are going now to study law, a lot are going to study medicine and a lot are going to study business, The consequence is that, we have large numbers of our young people coming back with the same qualifications.”
Brantley noted that there is a need for individuals to focus their studies in the areas of Agriculture, in other aspects of healthcare like diagnostics, Imaging , Radiology and Nursing, in Technology, as well as, the Teaching of Maths and Sciences, such as Biology, Physics and Chemistry in the schools.
As it relates to Medicine, the Premier mentioned that there is a large number of doctors who have basic training, just as General Practitioners; and in a case where persons with specialist skills are needed, individuals still have to travel abroad to get healthcare. He therefore, called on the doctors to specialise; adding that the Government is available to provide assistance.
Meanwhile,the Premier indicated that the decision to not include Law, Business and Medicine, with the exception of specialty areas, as part of the NIA’s Priority List is not to restrict anybody’s ambition, but more so to give financial support in areas that the country is desperately in need of.
Brantley however, called on young people to expand their horizons and contribute to the development of the island.