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New education minister pledges university status push for COB

Guardian Staff Reporter

Published: May 17, 2012

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Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald said yesterday that it is necessary for The College of The Bahamas (COB) to gain university status and pledged to see it come to fruition.

“We’ll have to reassess where we are now and to see what else needs to be done in order for us to make sure we move to that,” he said during a courtesy call at COB yesterday, a day after the new administration held its first Cabinet meeting.  He also visited the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI).

“I can assure you that we have the will and we have those around the table and at the college who are prepared to work with us.  We are prepared to work with them, to give them the support they need in order to make sure that it comes to fruition.”

Fitzgerald was the deputy chairman of the college’s council during the previous Christie administration, and noted that he would bring his expertise to the table to assist the college.

“We see it as a necessity.  It is a necessity that we move to university status.  You’re going to see a tremendous shift and focus as far as priorities are concerned and those priorities will be education and training,” he said.

The move to university status has been a pledge of previous government administrations.

“I’ve said on many occasions in the Senate and outside that I was disappointed... that for whatever reasons the [Free National Movement] government did not see fit to follow through on that,” he noted.


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