Fri 30th Aug 2013

Gross injustice - no school books for children of the poor

The start of the new school year starts soon. It is a time of year that parents face a significant financial outlay in order to buy books and uniforms for their children.

Poor parents have been failed by the ULP regime. In their struggle to buy books and uniforms for their children, many poor parents have been forced to take to the streets of Kingstown to beg for money for school books and uniforms.

It is a gross injustice that poor parents are forced to beg for money for books. Many poor households struggle to feed their children, and being asked to pay for books and uniforms also, is too much.

It is outrageous that books and uniforms are not free. A Green government will make all books and uniforms free and abolish all school fees, because SVG Green Party knows the true value of education.

We will make sure all children of the poor get a good education. In order to fund free education, free school books and free school uniforms, an SVG Green Party government will abolish the apartheid in our country. We will abolish the blanket tax and customs duties exemptions given to the white super-rich of Mustique and Canouan.

This is only fair and right.

A Green government will also stop Taiwan creaming-off billions of dollars while using SVG's deep sea fish licence. It is a gross injustice that children of the poor go without school books, while Taiwan bloat themselves on our money. We will cut ties with the Taiwanese parasites.

SVG Green Party Leader, Ivan O'Neal, has been told that some families are so poor that they can only buy one school uniform for their children. Usually parents buy at least two uniforms, so that while one is in the wash, the other can be worn and children can still go to school.

With only having one uniform, poor children may be missing some school days purely because their uniform is being washed.

How has our country come to such a desperate state? How can it be that the white, super-rich of Mustique and Canouan can sip champagne all day while lazing by the pool, yet children of the poor go without school books and uniforms. The apartheid in SVG is rotten to the core.

The bottom line is that we cannot have children of the poor getting left behind in education, whilst turning a blind eye to the billions of dollars Taiwan and the white, super-rich of Mustique and Canouan cream-off from our people. It is vulgar to perpetuate a dependency culture on our people; it stifles economic growth and adversely affects the quality of life of our people.

Taiwan and the super-rich of Mustique and Canouan are major obstacles to jobs and prosperity for our children. We do not need the parasites of Taiwan, Mustique and Canouan; they need us.

Our children deserve free school books, free school uniforms and free education. Poor parents should not be forced to beg on the streets for money for books and uniforms.

For the sake of our children's education, we must cut ties with Taiwan and deport the white, super-rich of Mustique and Canouan.

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