“In August, this government will be yet another step closer to fulfilling its pledge to the people of St Lucia and I look forward to making this announcement”, the Prime Minister said.
As it relates to Education, Pierre says the Government will remain committed to providing scholarships and educational opportunities to students. Additionally, the Government will continue its payment of facilities fees and CSEC Mathematics and English for students.
“We have assisted parents with their children’s education by paying their facilities fees, CXC Mathematics, and English fees whilst also providing thousands of laptops to every secondary school student as we continue to modernise our education system. We are on course with our 1st generation scholarships by our diplomatic relationships and partnering with locally based universities.”, Pierre disclosed to reporters.
The Prime Minister also disclosed the current figures of unemployment on the island are the lowest the island recorded in ten years. According to the Prime Minister, the current unemployment rate of Saint Lucia is 10%.
“Unemployment is at the lowest in a decade, 10%. In fact, our hope is to get into single-digit unemployment. But there are some projects - we are going to be unveiling a massive housing project hopefully next year. We have some employment generation projects that should come on stream. Hopefully, by the next general election, we should be at single-digit unemployment - hopefully.”, the Prime Minister declared. Pierre also disclosed that the Government has also secured $340 in new investments for the tourism sector.
Pierre additionally that although a concrete date has not been decided for the completion of the St Jude Hospital, the hospital will be completed soon. “As soon as possible…before the next general election”, Pierre said.
Despite what the Prime Minister has touted as a successful two years in office, the Opposition has deemed the Pierre regime thus far as a “failure”.