T&T needs a comprehensive system of national service

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Following the passing of the 2020/2021 budget, the Government has announced plans to establish more skills-learning centres for the nation’s young people. This is a very laudable initiative.

However, what we continue to lack the will to do is to establish a fully comprehensive system of national service designed to ensure that any young people who fall through the mainstream education system, and are not gainfully employed, are immediately and dutifully channelled into national service (Cadet Core, Army, Coast Guard, Special Reserve police, trade school or skills-learning centre).

Some will say the cost will be prohibitive for an ailing economy like ours. However, an all-embracing and well-administered system would also likely result in such a drop in all forms of criminal activity that the resultant savings in the national security budget would more than pay for the costs of running the programme.

Gregory Wight
Maraval