PHILIPSBURG–St. Maarten Chamber of Commerce and Industry (COCI) has advised government to not take a hands-off approach when it comes to National Institute for Professional Advancement (NIPA).
In what the Chamber called an “unsolicited” advice to government on April 1, COCI stressed to government its obligation “to provide due education and access to education for the citizens of this country. Government’s obligation in this regard, may never be placed with third parties completely, having the latter execute the obligation of the government at its discretion.”
The Chamber said “a hands-off approach may never be undertaken when it relates to education, as the growth of our population and our country is fully contingent upon offering the best education with access to all seeking such. An arm’s -length approach may be undertaken, yet at all times proper provisions should be in place to safeguard the institution, its staff and its students from actions or failure to act by those in charge, causing results that may be irreversible and detrimental to the cause.”
The Chamber said, “Never again should the government permit any educational institution to be established, based on a hands-off approach. COCI hopes that errors and omissions will be corrected, and through changes to the Articles of Incorporation… All connected to NIPA deserve a true opportunity to be granted to attain with the institution its aims and success envisioned.”
Source: The Daily Herald COCI advises govt. to not take hands-off approach to NIPA