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Progressive countries of the world, for example Germany, China, Japan, India, Singapore and the United States of America, may continue to cope with the turbulent economic waters, since the mindset of the people is deeply entrenched in aspects of science and technology.

In these trying times of unpredictable economic certainty, the economies of Caribbean countries are struggling to stay alive but unfortunately are sliding down their beaten paths.

A general complacency and a lack of updated knowledge and skills with regards to science and technology are keeping under-developed countries in the doldrums.

Regardless of the dismal projections voiced by some of our renowned economists, our nation possesses a variety of valuable resources as well as opportunities for reshaping its economic landscape. On a positive note, the general will of our leaders and our citizens can make this fact a reality.

Essentially, however, science and technology must be made compulsory at all levels in our primary and secondary schools. All students must be encouraged to develop innovation and creativity by way of hands-on activities. At the tertiary level, a wide range of courses can be available.

Within recent times, our teachers have been noting a rebellious wave to learning by a large percentage of the student population. One contributing factor lies in the fact that they are disinterested in the subjects taught to them. Consequently, there is now a greater need to make the necessary changes on the school curriculum, since many children seem to be better with their hands.

Our stalwarts in the field of education must ensure that science and technology subjects are made compulsory to all students. This will augur well for the future economic realisation of our nation.

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