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What are Tertiary Level Education options for Belizeans? Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 February 2018 00:00

Hundreds of secondary and tertiary students gathered at the St. Catherine Academy Multipurpose Auditorium on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 to participate in Belize’s first Tertiary Options and Opportunities (TOO) Education Expo. In speaking with Deryck Satchwell, Deputy Director, Tertiary and Post-secondary Education Services in the Ministry of Education, students, especially secondary students, were given a chance to see what their options might be after secondary school. It is the hope of the ministry that the majority of the students will choose to further their education.

According to Satchwell, the participation rate in tertiary institutions is low and that might be attributed to the lack of knowledge as it pertains to options and availabilities. Another problem Satchwell highlighted was the costs incurred and admits that while getting an education may be expensive, there are many forms of financial aid available, beside the MoE’s $8 million budget dedicated to tertiary scholarship grants and assistance. Those range from scholarships, bank loans, and DFC agreements.

At the event, there were about 12 partners from the Consortium for Belize Educational Cooperation (COBEC). The expo was held on the day the COBEC College Fair would normally be held. Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth Sports, and Culture, was at the event and underscored COBEC’s 30+ year assistance when it pertains to the tertiary level population to get opportunities in Belize as well as in the United States of America and Canada. COBEC’s winter fair, usually held in February in Belize, prompted the tertiary unit in the MoE to hold an expo along with other pertinent entities.

There was also the presence of the three universities in Belize as well as a multitude of junior colleges from over the country. Beside educational institutions, banking and other financial institutions also held booths as a way to discuss financial aid.

The expo is just one part of what it takes to become enrolled into a program and Satchwell advises that while it is a laborious process, there is always the internet to offer some direction and aid. The Ministry of Education’s webpage also has a scholarship link which has sometimes up to 50+ links to international scholarships. One of the ministries at the event was the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which generally gets a lot of scholarship offers from countries, such as Taiwan, which had representation at the event.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 February 2018 12:33