Revised Scholarship Policy

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, YOUTH, CULTURE & LIBRARY SERVICE

GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS, BRITISH WEST INDIES

TELEPHONE: (649) 946-2801/Ext 3132     FAX: (649) 946-2722

                                                                                                                                                                                               

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PRESS RELEASE

 

Revised Scholarship Policy 

 

The Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture and Library Services, as part of the changes made to the National Scholarship Policy of July 2018, following the adoption of the skills Audit in February 2018, saw the inclusion of new priority areas of study into the existing scholarship application, having been revised for the 2019 academic year.

 

Below is a list of the broad areas of study that were identified from the survey conducted within TCIG and some of the private sector entities and bases on the Skills Audit of additional priority areas for studies:

  • Logistic Management and Communications
  • Science & Technology
  • Disaster Management and Social Sciences
  • Business, Finance & Management
  • Planning & Engineering
  • Performing & Visual Arts

 

In addition to these new broad areas of studies, new programmes were identified under existing areas of priorities such as under education, health, law, technical/vocational.

 

The Ministry of Education would like to remind applicants that in order to permit the Education Advisory Committee to make an informed decision, all the required information as specified in the explanatory notes must accompany each application. For example, this application season the Ministry noticed a large number of applicants did not submit the following required information: -

  • Turks and Caicos Islands National status cards
  • Acceptance letters from institutions applied to
  • Transcripts from last institution attended

 

Students who may not have been successful in receiving a scholarship this academic year are encouraged to reapply for academic year 2019/20 now, with the release of the NEW scholarship applications for 2019/20.

 

The Ministry of Education wishes to encourage all Turks and Caicos Islanders to further their education and enroll into Tertiary studies. As part of this mandate, the Turks and Caicos Islands Government in recent years attained full membership to the University of the West Indies. This therefore enables Turks and Caicos Islanders who are not beneficiaries of a scholarship to be able to attend any of the University of the West Indies three campuses in Jamaica, Barbados or Trinidad & Tobago and pay a reduced tuition fee. The UWI Open Campus also provides an opportunity for students to pursue tertiary education while remaining in the country through online courses of study. For courses that are offered at the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC), at any level, applicants will be referred to the TCICC.

 

PLEASE NOTE

Submission of all required information is due by April 30th 2019 FOR BOTH LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTSThe ONLY exception to this rule will be for APPLICANTS not receiving the necessary information from their institution at the time of submission of their incomplete application by APRIL 30th 2019 which are as follows: -

  • Acceptance Letter
  • Transcripts
  • Examination results

 

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF ALL THE ABOVE REQUIRED INFORMATION FOR: -

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS –  JUNE 30TH 2019

LOCAL APPLICANTS - AUGUST 16TH 2019

 

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WORLD ANTIBIOTIC AWARENESS WEEK RECOGNIZED IN TCI

This week, November 12 - 18, is celebrated throughout the world as World Antibiotic Awareness Week. Similar to previous years, the global theme is “Antibiotics: handle with care.” This year, however, the TCI has adopted an additional theme: “Think Twice, Seek Advice or Pay the Price”.  It reflects the fact that antibiotics are a precious resource which should only be taken when needed and exactly as prescribed by a physician. When antibiotics are used incorrectly, for instance when they are used inappropriately to treat the common cold or when the full course is not taken, it can cause resistance. Antibiotic resistance happens when bacteria change in such a way that antibiotics can no longer destroy them. Common infections will eventually start to become untreatable.

 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), antibiotic resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today. They warn that if something is not done the world will head towards “a post-antibiotic era in which common infections will once again kill.”

To combat antibiotic resistance, the Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services (MoHASHS) has been working on a national action plan which will seek to improve awareness and understanding of antimicrobial resistance, strengthen knowledge through surveillance and research, reduce the incidence of infection, improve the use of antimicrobial agents and develop an economic case for sustainable investment in new medicines, diagnostic tools, vaccines and other interventions. This is a very significant step on a national level to prevent antibiotic resistance.

 

The community also has an important role in preventing antibiotic resistance. The following actions can be taken:

·                Take antibiotics exactly as prescribed by your doctor. That is, do not skip doses and ensure that you complete your course of treatment, even when you start feeling better.
·                Only take antibiotics prescribed for you; do not share or use leftover antibiotics.
·                Do not save antibiotics for the next illness, discard any leftover medication.
·                Do not ask for antibiotics when your doctor thinks you do not need them.

 

This year, in commemoration of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, the MoHASHS in collaboration with the TCI Hospital has planned a number of events/activities. These include:

  • Discussion on antimicrobial resistance on the November 12th airing of the MoHASHS Health Matters Radio show on RTC.
  • Information booth at the TCI Hospital Cockburn Town Medical Center (Grand Turk) on Monday, November 12th, and Thursday, November 15th.
  • Information booth at the TCI Hospital Cheshire Hall Medical Center (Providenciales) on Thursday, November 15th.
  • Health Education on antibiotic use in primary health care clinics

 

In addition, local pharmacies will be participating in the week of activities by educating and counseling patients on antibiotic resistance.

 

For more information regarding antibiotic resistance please contact the MoHASHS on 338-5132 or 338- 3072.

TRAINING FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PRIMARY HEALTH CARE STAFF IN THE USE OF ELECTRONIC IMMUNIZATION REGISTRY (EIR)

 

TRAINING FOR PUBLIC AND PRIVATE PRIMARY HEALTH CARE STAFF IN THE USE OF ELECTRONIC IMMUNIZATION REGISTRY (EIR)

The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services has completed its training on the electronic immunization registry (EIR). This was Mr. Hayden Hopkin’s, PAHO consultant, second visit to the country.  During the two-day training, October 30th to 31st 2018, users of the system were trained in the use of the EIR. The TCI along with three other Caribbean countries received a grant from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through PAHO for the introduction and implementation of the system.

With this system, a child’s immunization record can be accessed from any participating clinic on any island in the TCI.   This system would enable easy access to immunization records years after the individual has left the program.  In the future, this will eliminate the need to call clinics or search through books for immunization records.  The Ministry is still in the process of entering immunization records from the past three years. The system was expected to be operational by November 2017, however, due the impact of the Hurricanes, the implementation process was postponed.

Commenting on the training, Ms. Alrisa Gardiner, Senior Public Health Nurse/EPI manager stated; “We are truly excited about this registry as we have been in dire need of an electronic system for our immunization programme for some time.  Once the registry became available and was presented to the EPI managers at our annual regional meeting, the request for it to be introduced in the TCI was immediate.  It was this quick response which caused the country to be awarded the grant from the CDC through PAHO.  The intended users of this registry, from both public and private facilities offering immunization services, have expressed their appreciation for this registry and their eagerness to begin using it.  Once this system is up and running, this will truly make access easier for both the clients and the health care provider.  The registry will not only be uploaded with data from the last three years, but also new encounters, both children and adults. I must thank the team at the Government Computer Unit, particularly Mr. Andre Mills, who from Mr. Hopkin’s first visit, ensured that access to the registry was available for modifications which were completed by the end of that visit, and, to Mr. Brandon Williams who stayed with us for our two-day training and provided onsite assistance.”

Trainer Mr. Hayden Hopkin commented; “We have just concluded a very successful two-day training including participants from the public and private sector in the TCI on the electronic immunization registry.  This registry was installed and configured during my visit last year, after which there was a period of back data entry where data from previous years was uploaded to the system. Now that the nurses are trained, they will be able to use this system and experience the many benefits which it brings to the TCI’s programme; benefits such as easier access to immunization data, the ease of generating reports and forecasting, among others. I would like to say thanks to the participants, they were receptive and eager to learn. Thanks also to the TCI Ministry of Health and Computer Unit for facilitating the installation of the system and training.  Special thanks to the EPI manager for all her hard work and for coordinating the various activities”.

 

For more information please contact (649) 338-5469.

 

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