First published on Wefm St Vincent
Vincentian students studying in Venezuela, must make their own judgment as to whether they stay in, or leave the embattled country.
This is according to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who was responding to a question asked of him, Tuesday morning, by host of the OMG morning program on BOOM 106.9 FM– Dwight “Bing” Joseph.
According to Gonsalves, some twenty eight (28) Vincentian students are currently studying in Venezuela, with twelve (12) of them at the final stages of completing their studies.“If they want to go back (after the summer break), that’s their choice.
If they want to use the credits and go elsewhere, that’s their choice” – Gonsalves said, referring to those students who are yet to finish their degree programs.
A renewed public push for the government take Vincentian students out of Venezuela came to the fore, after it was reported that several female Vincentian students were robbed of their possessions at gun point, this week in Venezuela.
”The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines stepped in a few years ago to remove Vincentian medical students from the South American country.
Most of them are now studying Medicine in Cuba.
The students who remain there are stuck between turning their backs on completing their degrees and continuing their studies under worsening economic, social and political conditions.
They also, have no assurance from the government, if they decide to leave, as to whether or not arrangements will be made for them, as were made for the Vincentian medical students – to finish their degrees elsewhere.