NTB review after disciplinary incidents involving Bermudians studying overseas
The National Training Board has reviewed its student funding policies after sponsoring a group of Bermudians who suffered disciplinary and academic problems at a college in Barbados.
Four students were brought back to the Island by Government after a series of altercations in March 2008, with one of them claiming to have been robbed at gunpoint.
At the time, the Barbadian press reported numerous fights involving the Bermudian students, with then Labour Minister David Burch saying they were brought home after Government intervened to “confirm their safety”.
In its annual report for 2008/09, released on Friday, NTB executive officer Pandora Glasford reflected on the incidents at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic.
“Along with positive steps forward this year, we also encountered challenges, in particular with regards to students sponsored at an overseas learning institution,” wrote Ms Glasford.
“A small number of Bermudian students sponsored by the NTB at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic in Barbados were cited for having problems ranging from disciplinary to academic issues.
“As a result of an official enquiry, four students were removed from the programme. This event challenged the NTB, and necessitated a review of our policies on student funding and partnerships with international institutions.
“We are pleased that the remaining Bermuda contingent remained at the institute without incident.
“Despite this minor setback, we remain committed to realising a positive outcome for our students and stakeholders.”
While four NTB students were brought back to Bermuda, seven more carried on studying in areas including marine diesel engineering and maritime operations.
Mr Burch said at that time: “We have been assured that the relationship with the Government of Barbados in general and the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic in particular has not been damaged.”