PHILIPSBURG:— Last week Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport was in court, once again, with the Stichting Voortgezet Onderwijs Bovenwindse Eilanden (SVOBE). Ever since the new subsidy system for schools was implemented, SVOBE has contested it, stating that they are not receiving sufficient finances to cover the personnel and operational costs of their schools.
The new system, which is called the lump sum system, was implemented in 2010 when Sint Maarten obtained country status. Prior to 2010 schools were subsidized based on the “Vergoeding en Verantwooordingsstelsel”, known as the V&V System. Via the V&V