Arsene James, Former Education Minister, has criticized a ruling party pledge to pay the CXC fees of underprivileged students.
Addressing a meeting of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) on Sunday, James asserted that if the students are underprivileged, it means that it is difficult for them to make ends meet.
As part of a series of fifteen pledges made recently, Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony announced that a Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government will introduce a programme to assist parents in meeting the cost of the fees for CXC exams.
“This programme will be based on need and performance and will come into effect in 2017,” Anthony said.
However former Education Minister, Arsene James, told UWP supporters:
“You not giving them transport to send their children to school, you not giving them a good meal for them to learn, so how will they get to school? How will they learn?”
James declared that the underprivileged children will drop out of school before they write the CXC.
He stated that Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony knows that.
“It shows the lies and deceit they are giving you, because if they really want to help the people – help them from the start,” James said.
He was of the view that the government should help the underprivileged children to go to school and give them a meal so that they would not be hungry in class.