I have three children at university. After putting up my home to send the first two abroad I decided to apply to the Prime Minister’s Scholarship committee for assistance for the third.
It has been a nightmare for me and my son. The one-man scholarship committee that is Maurice Merchant has failed to communicate with us in good faith or at all.
When he has communicated through intermediaries, his statements have been far from the truth and in some cases downright rude.
It would appear that the Prime Minister Scholarship programme has been a failure, they apparently oversubscribed it just to say that they have given more scholarship than the UPP, but now they cannot pay.
My son at Cavehill and dozens of students around the world but mainly at UWI, are facing being evicted from their halls of residence and being deregistered from the university.
A full school year is almost over and Gaston Browne and his boss Maurice Merchant cannot tell the worried students and parents about the status of outstanding monies. Some Antiguans won’t be able to write their exams and some will be kicked out of school.
This is not the Antigua I have known. We were always number one but now we have been reduced to beggars and welfare cases.
But I know that in our small communities, one vote can make a difference and all the parents who are here will send a message to Maurice Merchant.
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