São Vicente: UCID questions scholarship award criteria and calls for reevaluation of weights

Mindelo, Aug 28 (Inforpress) – The president of the Independent and Democratic Cabo Verdean Union (UCID, opposition party) today called into question the fairness of the evaluation criteria for the award of scholarships and asked for a reassessment of the weightings.

According to António Monteiro, who spoke today at a press conference in Mindelo, the “reduced number” of scholarships awarded to Cabo Verdean students in the academic year 2018/2019 and the “exclusion of several students with averages higher than 18 points” who “were not considered” with merit or social scholarships.

The political leader, based on the analysis of the official data, as he said, declared that this year were awarded “only 10 merit scholarships” and another 64 social scholarships for students who will go to Portugal.

In the meantime, he added, 54 students were excluded and 166 were not awarded scholarships, a number that he considered “very high”, since as he said “a part of these students” have the grades above the average of 18.

Moreover, according to the same source, students from islands such as Brava, Sal, São Nicolau and São Vicente “were not considered with a single social scholarship”, since, “of the 64 awarded, 55 were destined to students from  Santiago island”.