- Financial Assistance – means a total amount of funds approved by the relevant authorities to be given to an applicant in order to financially support their higher education studies.
- Study Leave – means a period of leave to allow for academic activities which develop and enhance knowledge and achieve greater excellence in areas of responsibility.
- Relevant Authorities – refers to the Ministry of Human Resources, Higher Education
Committee and Cabinet.
- Financial assistance or Study leave is neither a right nor an entitlement; approval is at
the discretion of the relevant authorities.
- Government Officers applying for financial assistance may receive a portion of their salary as well as other allowances at the discretion of the relevant authorities.
- The significance of financial assistance and/or study leave is measured by Government’s priorities; the individual’s professional development; the strategic objectives of the country;and the contribution their education will make to the wider community.
The following underpins the process by which applications are considered:
- The needs of the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) are of paramount importance.
- A Ministry/Department should not suffer an unreasonable burden as a result of an officer’s leave.
- An officer is required to return from leave in good time to prepare for resumption of his/her regular duties.
- Any contractual obligations must be met.