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Mauritius: Young People should have Equal Opportunity and Equal Access to Quality Education - PM says
Source: SADC Contribution – Mauritius
Source Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Country: Mauritius
Created: May 22, 2013

According to the Prime Minister, the Government also spends a lot on the scholarships schemes and added that in return Government expects the laureates to come back and work for the country. He recalled that Government has cancelled the security bonds for the laureates and said that the scholarships schemes have cost nearly Rs 120 million for the HSC 2011 examinations and over Rs 150 million for this year as the number of scholarships have also doubled for the HSC 2012 examinations.
Regarding the tertiary enrolment rate, the Prime Minister further said that the target is to increase the rate to 70% by 2015 as according to him the rate is quite low and was at 47% percent in 2010. He reiterated that it is vital that people concentrate on the need to acquire education in a globalised world as according to him education remains a priority and constitutes the backbone of a developed country.
For his part, the President of the Republic, Mr Rajkeswur Purryag, GCSK, GOSK, underpinned the importance of education for a country like Mauritius while adding that education constitutes the foundation of a modern country. He called for the nation to be forward thinking, innovative and relevant to a changing world as according to him, the Government is convinced that the progress as a nation can be achieved through investment in education.
The President reiterates that education is the key to economic development and that the education system should be sufficiently flexible to accommodate, reflect and reinforce developmental needs in a highly dynamic and interconnected environment. He further said that education has a tremendous potential to transform the society which is why, he added, it is imperative that we benchmark our education system not by national standards but with international norms especially in a world where change is accelerating and where competition remains fierce and markets merciless. The President also requested the laureates to come back after their studies so as to charter the country to new heights.
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