Marlene Malahoo Forte said; “All these students were on the brink of dropping out, and I could not sit and allow that to happen.”
Education the key to success, but that key was about to take a drastic fall when some University of the West Indies students faced deregistration recently; because of outstanding tuition fees. A majority of the students are from Minister Marlene Malahoo Forte, West Central St James constituency.
Thanks to Minister Malahoo Forte who provided financial support last week those students are smiling and still clutching their key to success.
Minister Marlene Malahoo Forte, is also Jamaica’s attorney general. She donated numerous grants to the undergraduates, and some secondary-level students at a ceremony that was held in Catherine Hall, St James at her office.
We all know the devasting effect that can occur when the main breadwinner of a family dies and that was the case with Callese Allen when her brother died recently who used to assist her financially.
Callese Allen, a first-year law student who was facing the possibility of deregistration and she is a beneficiary of the minister’s grant in an interview with “The Gleaner” had the following to say;
Getting this assistance from the MP will help me to now enter the examinations and set me up for the next semester, because the outstanding balance will be cleared and I will be in a better position.
Minister Malahoo Forte a person who values education and know how important it is to eradicate poverty from lives said;
For many persons, education is the only route to lift them and their families out of poverty, and so, they should be given the opportunity to maximise their potential while enrolled in university.
There were a lot of applicants for educational aid and among them were students who were threatened with deregistration, but I would not want to see a student who has gone through the qualifying and enrolment stage get deregistered.
There are many persons with tremendous ability, but the context of their home is not allowing them to realise their potential. We are going to have to pay closer attention to what is happening in the homes as well as urge parents to make better decisions.
Kudos to Minister Marlene Malahoo Forte for relighting the dreams of some of the most brilliant minds in Jamaica like O’Daine Randall who is another grateful beneficiary.
O’Daine Randall who is enrolled at the Caribbean Maritime Institute, was quite gracious for his financial assistance, stating that the grant will help him to pursue his studies and realise his dream to become a marine engineer.