Hinkson accuses Government of broken promises
An opposition parliamentarian is today accusing the Freundel Stuart administration of reneging on its promise to act as a guarantor for certain student loan applicants and failing to follow through on the promised National Registration Education Plan.
The accusations were made at a press briefing at the office of the Leader of the Opposition by Member of Parliament for St James North, Edmund Hinkson.
He recalled that Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, had promised during debate on the last budget that Government would stand as a guarantor for applicants to the Student Revolving Loan Fund for those who could not afford to pay.
“Yet, he has recently announced a policy for these loans that does not in any way remove the previous requirements of two sureties or collateral security, such as cash, land, property, shares, government paper, shares or mutual funds,” the St James, North representative said.
He noted that only loans of $12,000 or less attract no surety, which is contrary to the Government undertaking.
“They promised that there will be no threshold whatsoever,” he contended.
Hinkson also questioned Government’s silence on a plan, announced in the 2013 budget by Minister of Finance Chris Sinckler, that would allow persons who utilise a National Registration Education Savings Plan to save towards tertiary education.
“This whole episode marks another in a string of breach of promises made by the DLP [government] to the people who elected them in order to improve the quality of their lives,” added Hinkson, the opposition shadow Minister of Education.