Children Of Expats Facing Barriers To Education

Ahreefa Bacchus, Journalist | 17 Comments
October 09, 2018 4:55 pm AST
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The challenges of children born to expatriate parents were once again raised in the House of Assembly (HoA), this time with Minister of Education and Culture, the Honourable Myron Walwyn complaining that they are having difficulties gaining entrance into schools due to policies.

“Since the hurricane in particular, the amount of children who are born in the BVI who can’t get into schools…I have to handle those matters on a daily basis myself. We have a situation where we have children who are born in the Territory, but their parents are not from here and it creates an immigration issue. We have to address that,” he stressed.

This matter, he said, is one of the protection of the right to education. “It is there in the Constitution,” he stated.

He continued to voice dissatisfaction with the situation, saying that there are “children who cannot get into school because they have to pay $25 to immigration to stay on their parents’ time.”

He pointed to a recent incident, saying, “I had a child who was sent home from school because of that same situation last week Thursday, and I have a lady coming to me tomorrow on that same matter. We cannot have that.”

The matter of children born to expatriates and the fees that they have to pay to remain in the Territory has been reviewed by Premier, the Honourable Dr. D. Orlando Smith. During a recent press conference, he told media operatives that he would be making his findings and decision on the matter in the coming weeks.

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SMH
Myron you really are a Jack Donkey. Your ignorance and pettiness is beyond reason. After the hurricane we lost some of our schools. As a result space is very limited. People who are not from here and have other choices must be made to exercise those choices...send your children back home to your homeland. We cannot physically take them. And for the Minister to suggest otherwise he is fooling you. As for the cost of $25.00..you all cannot be serious. It cost much more than $25 when you go to some Caribbean islands to get your child into school. This fee is nothing and if you cant afford to pay it then you need assess your living situation and ask yourself if BVI is the place for you. So Minister...stop playing Politics with people's lives.
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Hmmm
How can someone be born in a country and have to go through so much to get a piece of document? When the BVIslaneder run to America to make their children the government should tell them there are not from here you can't get status. This BS needs to stop. In another news piece Andrew Fahie ready to send home the people that help to rebuild this country. Ya'll don't have shame and conscience? After all everyone went through last year ya'll still have your dirty thinking. God will be the judge.
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LadyLove
Those BVIslanders have ties to the BVI. Why you getting mad about them going to America to have their children when their whole lineage is BVI. Also everyone knows the deal about not being able to receive a passport etc and still they choose to have there babies here. Come on... Other Caribbean countries all there local children have to be placed in the public schools before a non local can get a space. If all the spaces filled their parents have to shell out for a private school. Small BVI is not America and can not carry everyone.
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Hmmm
everything is a issue to u all, pay the darm 25 dollars and hush up man ahyo does spend more than that to party and dress up but want cant do it for ur kids if they on time they on time. if u didn't want pay leave them way them was
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LMB
$25??? If the expat parent can't afford $25 per year then perhaps they shouldn't be here!
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Peace
Common sense is killing you. Everyone had to come from some where. Hope you are not one who went and have your children that they are now AMERICANS. Get the picture?
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NA
Says someone who's country was built on the backs on immigrants. Kindly remember the BVI is 60% Immigrants. All industries depend on ALL the residents. ALL.
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Undo It
It's was the NDP govt that added to the hardships. Yes walwyn undo what you and Smith do
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Ms Trenchbull
They all have to say the same thing If u have no dealings with immigration you would know. It a struggle
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Priority
Did the parents not know that being born in the BVI does not make the child a BVIslander? Why put the child through this? There are many BVIslanders who have serious issues with no place to go, why is this not of more concern to the Minister? The child and parents are free to leave if they wish and carry on, many BVIslanders have no place to go and no one seems to care. Why can't policies be put in place now to help BVIslanders who desperately need help!
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LadyLove
Thank You! The same thing I am always saying.
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Lucky
I understand the laws but we all come from somewhere and we all should be treated equally regardless to where we are from. why stop a child from getting education because of their parents nationality. remember the expacts are the ones who are helping to rebuild this country. we belongers only want to dress up and go to office jobs and we still cant do what we are being paid for.`
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Yeah...
Then pay the $25.00.
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Me Again
Its a similar situation with having a “ part time work permit “ and having to pay Immigration for TIME that expires with your full time work permit : No thought ? Or just Oppression or Greed ?
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People
This man is the Minister of Education and can fix this without trying to blame others.
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Dish
The matter is with immigration not with education. I had to deal with the same problem with my son after the hurricane. I wish sometimes that we could just try to understand problems before we post. You can see that some of these responses are only about politics and not really solutions.
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VI 2 De Bone
You are such a fool. I do not see anything wrong with the $25 fee in addition to what the parent has to pay. However, I think the issue is with Immigration. They just need to find a way to deal with matters of this nature in a different and more efficient way else the parent(s) will have to pay $25 several times when renewing and also it affects the child's time in school. I think that many processes that can be of a simple fix we make them more difficult than they are and it causes a build up, hence the long long long lines. This is not only at Govt offices but also at Banks and the telecom providers.
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