Residents, Mitchell weigh in on immigration education



Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Senator Fred Mitchell.

Residents had mixed reviews Wednesday as they weighed in on government’s policy to administer school registration on a first come first serve basis.

Yesterday Education Minister Jeff Lloyd said schools will accept students regardless of their nationality and noted that Bahamian parents who wait until the last minute to register their children and will not be given priority over undocumented students.

Lloyd added that parents of undocumented students usually register their children in advance.

The news did not sit well with many residents who will be impacted by the announcement.

Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Chairman Fred Mitchell weighed in on the government’s new position and told media that the Free National Movement (FNM) government made a mistake when it dissolved the standards that the former Christie administration left in place with regards to education.

During his tenure as minister, Mitchell said, all students were required to be documented before they could be registered for school.

Mitchell said he believes the present government’s decision will send the wrong message.