Fears have been expressed that Government may be attempting to manipulate the national scholarship results, and may even wait until just before the local government elections to release them.
The alarm has been raised by the Spiritual Leader of the Satya Anand Ashram of Bliss and Truth, Pundit Satyanand Maharaj.
In a statement issued today, Pundit Maharaj says parents have been coming to him, sharing concerns that the Government “is ‘doctoring’ the scholarships to reflect not merit but ethnic and political qualifications”.
Pundit Maharaj says the announcement delay is beyond incompetence, and asks if Cabinet is tampering with the results.
The release also goes on to point out that the Peoples Partnership had a history of releasing scholarship results as early as September, while under the Rowley Administration, the results appear to be released later and later every year that the PNM has been in office.
According to Pundit Maharaj, the education minister has not given a satisfactory reason for the delay, leading to speculation that the results are being tampered with.
The full text of the statement follows:
“The announcement by the Minister of Education that the National Scholarship winners will have to be delayed once again because Cabinet had yet not approved it continues to worry parents. Many anxious parents have approached me to express their deep concern and fears surrounding this unprecedented failure of the Ministry of Education and Cabinet to declare the names of the persons who have qualified for National Scholarships.
Several parents have expressed concerns that they fear that the Rowley Administration is “doctoring” the scholarships to reflect not merit but ethnic and political qualifications. The Minister of Education has provided no satisfactory reason to the national public and in particular nervous parents as to what is causing the postponement in the award of the scholarships.
Public records show that under the Rowley Administration, National Scholarships were announced on 27th October 2018, 27th October 2017, 13th October 2016, 28th October 2015 respectively; while under the Peoples Partnership 9th October 2014, and September 19, 2013. It is unheard of that National Scholarships are yet to announce by November given that CAPE results came out since August. This postponement is beyond incompetence, but now is suspicious of influence outside of academics.
What is the Cabinet hiding? What is the cause for this unacceptable delay? Is the Cabinet tampering with the results?
Given that Indo-Trinidadian students tend to dominate the national scholarship results, as well as denominational schools does the Rowley Administration have a secret agenda with this delay of scholarship results? Are the scholarships going to be released the week before the Local Elections when the public’s attention is distracted to effectively hide the manipulation of the scholarship results?”
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