This article is an update to what has been written and hugely debated here back in 2009. Many have been able to express themselves on the scholarship topic and the due of the HSC laureates at the end of their studies, financed by the government. And we all know that a considerable number of laureates never came back to Mauritius.
Today, the minister of education, Vasant Bunwaree announced that as from this year, the HSC laureates won’t be bonded as in the past. Hence,
- They won’t have any commitment to come back to serve the country and
- This also means that they won’t be required to repay back any money the Mauritian government has invested in them, i.e, your money.
Personally, I’m much disgusted by this decision. It does not only encourages the best to work abroad but the government is doing so with our own money. On top of that, the same government will say that the country does not have the necessary expertise and skills, so they need to hire foreigners to manage top-most positions in different organisations. Instead of encouraging them to stay, the government is providing the necessary funds to make them flee the country!