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O er of Scholarships by the Government of Trinidad and Tobago in the area of
Valuation Surveying (General Practice)
For Study Commencing September 2014
The Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago invites
ONLINE applications from citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to pursue
an online bachelor's degree for the academic year commencing
A. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA:
To apply for this scholarship, applicants must:
a) Be citizens of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and
must not be a permanent resident of another country
b) Possess the following quali cations:
For a Bachelor's degree:
i. have at least ve (5) Ordinary Level subjects (CSEC/
GCE) with Grades I, II, III or A, B, C. This must include
English Language and Mathematics.
ii. have at least two (2) Advanced Level subjects (CAPE/
GCE) with Grades I, II or A, B
Caribbean Studies and Communication Studies or
i. have at least ve (5) Ordinary Level (CSEC/GCE) with
Grades I, II, III or A, B,C. This must include English
Language and Mathematics
ii. An Associate Degree with a minimum Grade Point
Average (GPA) of 2.00.
c) be desirous of pursuing studies online at an academic
institution accredited by the Royal Institution of
Chartered Surveyors (RICS) in the United Kingdom.
d) provide proof of application or acceptance at an
accredited academic institution
e) Be between the ages of:
i. 18-45 -- for non-public o cers
ii. 18-50 -- for public o cers;
Applicants must ensure that two (2) Recommendations are submitted
'online' by their Recommenders::
i. One must be an academic recommendation
ii. Recommenders must attest to the applicant's ability
to perform and to succeed as a scholarship recipient
by providing relevant and practical examples where
applicable. They must also describe what contribution and
the likely impact the applicant will have on the institution/
Please ensure that your Recommenders sign, scan and upload
their recommendations to your online application.
Applicants applying for an undergraduate degree must submit,
'online', a Written Essay which explains in no more than 400 words:
i. The impact they believe their studies will have on their
ii. Their ve-year plan upon returning to Trinidad and Tobago
to put into practice the knowledge and experience acquired
through the scholarship.
C. SELECTION CRITERIA:
Applicants will be assessed and recommended for a scholarship
based on the following:
For bachelor's degree:
i. Academic Merit
ii. Likely Development Impact Applicant will have on
Completion of Studies.
iii. Work Experience
iv. Interview--short-listed candidates will be interviewed to
get a sense of their maturity, commitment, adaptability,
cultural awareness, and their state of mind in relation to
the undertaking of studies and their ability to complete
the programme of study successfully.
Candidates must attain a minimum score of 50% at the interview
in order to be considered for the award of a scholarship.
Please refer to our website at www.scholarships.gov.tt for further
information on the eligibility and selection criteria and for
preparation and submission of an online application.
Applicants must ensure that their transcripts are sent
directly to the following address and these must be received
before the closing date of the scholarship:
Ministry of Public Administration
(Scholarships and Advanced Training Division)
5th Floor National Library Building
Corner Hart and Abercromby Streets
Port- of- Spain
Attention: Head, Selections Secretariat
Applicants who wish to hand deliver their transcripts
must ensure that this document is properly sealed
by the academic institution and submitted to the
August 4, 2014
The Ministry of Public Administration, Scholarships and
Advanced Training Division can be contacted at 625-
6724; 623-7608 ext. 2064; 2070; 2097; 2093 or email
Last week in Reading, It s Life, we looked
at the first myth about literacy. Equally
damaging is another myth---that it is better
to teach children than adults. Literacy mate-
rials and games continue to be marketed
on TV programmes along with cartoons
and there is the popular notion that once
you cross a certain age your "head hard"
and you can t learn.
It may take some time before we end the
practice of looking for learning tools in a
toy store but for the sake of adult non-
readers among us we must stop sending the
unspoken message that only children need
In Alta, a strong motivator for coming to
join a literacy class has been to ensure that
one s children have a better life---as the stu-
dents put it, "I don t want my children to
have to suffer like me."
Low literacy affects relationships with
those around you. We often recall how one
Alta graduate, Fitzroy, spoke of coming to Alta and
how it changed his relationship with his young son.
Fitzroy started as a Beginner student; that is, he
didn t recognise even all the letters of the alphabet
and virtually no words. He said when his son came
to ask him for help with school work, because he
couldn t help but he didn t want his son to know
this, Fitzroy would brush him off rudely, "You can t
see I busy. Stop bothering me."
From his first year at Alta, Fitzroy began to share
what he was learning at Alta, the sight word and
phonics cards, and asking his son to share what he
had learned at school. The willingness to show himself
as a learner made him accessible to his son and
strengthened their relationship.
Literacy is a product of home and school, not just
school. Reading habits in the home teach a child that
reading is a practice to be modelled and adopted.
Like the woman in the comic says, studies have
shown that children whose parents don t read and
write well are more likely to have reading and writing
problems at school.
Unfortunately, there are the parents who will spare
no expense, buying every available literacy product
on the market for their children, hoping that it will
keep the child from asking for their help. Their chil-
dren, who often struggle at school just as their parents
did, may never know their secret and that barrier
could repeat the cycle all over again.
End this myth by encouraging a parent, unable to
support their child s literacy development, to examine
their own literacy needs. Alta registers people 16 and
over once a year on the first Tuesday and Wednesday
of September, the start of the new academic year,
for free literacy classes.
Registration is easy. Visit your nearest public library
on Tuesday 2 or Wednesday, September 3 and Alta
tutors will let you know the class options in the area
and sign you up.
Let s be real about literacy instead of holding on
to the myths.
Why we teach adults
Become a part of Alta. Volunteer, donate,
sponsor a student. New student registration
begins September 2 and 3. Call 624-ALTA (2582)
or e-mail email@example.com or like us on
Facebook: ALTA Trinidad.
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