Caribisch Netwerk reports that students from Saba are choosing to study in the US or the region. “I choose to study in America because I see a lot Saban youngsters who did not manage to finish their studies in The Netherlands. They claim that it is hard to live in the Netherlands, “said student Niel Wilson who is in his final year at the Saba Comprehensive School.
For the first time, the school held a Job Fair. The focus was on continuing education in America and the region. Sabans usually opt for an affordable study in the Netherlands, but the language barrier causes many dropouts. The objective of the Job Fair is to show the students that the Netherlands is not the only option.
At the end of this month, the fifteen students in their final year have to choose where they will continue to study so they can prepare their finances. “If they want to go to the Netherlands, then their chance on success depends on how willing they are to study in Dutch. In the Netherlands you can study in English, but it is not possible for students to communicate in English outside of the school, “says study advisor Elisabeth Koevoets.
Student Michel Hassell also chooses to go to the USA. “I can communicate in my mother tongue. I can live on campus and I think I get more support from the school management and fellow students who speak the same language. ”
“Yes, studying in the Netherlands is cheaper, but the cultural differences play an important role. Students who choose a school in America or in the region often return quicker after their studies, “said Calvin Mardembrough, Senior Policy Advisor Financing Study for the Ministry of Education in St. Maarten.
Mardembrough has experience in placing students from St. Maarten in schools in America and the region. “Invest 15,000 to $ 20,000 per year to allow a student to study in the region. Within 24 or 36 months the student will be back on the island while a study in the Netherlands at MBO level, often lasts longer than three years . “