St. Vincent & the Grenadines Green Party


Fri 2nd Nov 2018

Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal calls on SVG Minister of Education to resign immediately


Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal BSc (hons) MSc, MBA, The Leader of SVG Green Party, calls for SVG Minister of Education to resign immediately and for EC$3 billion to be invested in to education and technical skills empowerment annually, to lift our country out of despair and stimulate economic growth.

Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal BSc (hons) MSc, MBA very strongly contends that this sum of money can be obtained by a windfall tax imposed on the Super-rich White Migrants in Mustique and Canouan, who have not been paying Tax and Customs Duty to the SVG Treasury for a number of years, and on Taiwan who owes the SVG Treasury about EC$51 billion in Fish Tax.

It is so sad to learn that many schools in SVG are in such a deplorable state that they are being forced to close. That sort of neglect in education and disrespect toward SVG’s children is totally unacceptable. Warrant Officer Ivan O’Neal is making a very strong call on SVG Minister of Education to resign immediately for this gross neglect in education.

Singapore is a World Bank success story, with one of the highest standard of living in the world. The foundation of the path of Singapore’s success was education. Singapore’s visionary Prime Minister, Lee Kuan Yew, made free, high-quality education from pre-school to university for all, the priority for Singapore’s economic success.

SVG needs to do the same and prioritise educating all our children from pre-school to university. At the moment, less than 2% of each school year new intake go on to be university graduates by the age of 21.

This is a huge failure when you consider that in Iceland 78% of the women are getting university degrees; in the Slovak Republic it’s 77%, and in Finland 80% of young women are now going to university - currently the highest proportion of graduates in the world.

SVG’s education system is abysmal. This is a real shame for the children of SVG. It condemns most children to a life of poverty and unemployment, and takes away their opportunity to get highly paid jobs around the world.

This is why it is imperative that we have a change of government and impose a windfall tax of EC$3 BILLION annually on Taiwan and the super-rich white migrants of Mustique and Canouan. They owe billions to the SVG Treasury.

A Green government would use this EC$3 billion a year to build more pre-schools and refurbish all schools in SVG, so that they are in a good condition. At the moment, children of the poor are being left behind. It is important that all children go to pre-school and get free education from pre-school to university. We must abolish school fees and make books, uniforms and transport to school free for all, in order for children to succeed in education in SVG, gain a university education and escape generational poverty.

SVG has had 39 years of hopeless governments since independence. We must change direction and follow the economic path of Singapore and invest EC$3 billion a year in to education. This will boost the economy and bring prosperity for all who live in SVG.

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