PHILIPSBURG–Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport (ECYS) Wycliffe Smith can now enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with University of Curaçao to start law courses at University of St. Martin (USM), now that Finance Minister Perry Geerlings has co-signed the National Ordinance for funding for the programme.
The National Ordinance was signed during a brief ceremony at Geerlings’ office on Friday. Smith said the signing can reassure students, who are waiting to attend classes, that the course will soon begin.
The NAf. 1 million was already in place for the law course and the National Ordinance was the final piece of the process that was being awaited. Once this document was signed by Governor Eugene Holiday, Geerlings co-signed the document to facilitate the release of the funds.
The law course was scheduled to start in September. Now that the National Ordinance has been signed, Smith can finalise the details of the agreement with the University of Curaçao for the course to start. Classes will be streamed live from Curaçao to students in St. Maarten and some classes will be pre-recorded and sent to students here as well. In some cases, the professors will travel to St. Maarten to attend classes in person and work with local students when they have specific assignments.
The law programme will last four to five years at the cost of US $3,000 per year, per student.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/81185-ordinance-signed-for-law-course-funding