Editorial for July 01: Being Caymanian not enough

Speaking about the University
College of the Cayman Islands in Legislative Assembly this week, Education
Minister Rolston Anglin criticised the previous government for lowering the
entry standards of the institution to boost enrolment figures.  Mr. Anglin also spoke about a lowered
academic standard at the university, stating that is was unacceptable that
employers were finding some graduates of UCCI did not have the skills and
knowledge that their degrees should clearly indicate they had.

Mr. Anglin also said that being
Caymanian is not enough when it came to entering the workforce and that merit
must be a part of the equation.

We applaud Mr. Anglin’s honesty.

In a globalised, competitive world,
businesses require employees who are not only capable of doing the jobs for
which they were hired, but who are keen to do the job to the best of their
abilities. 

The idea that just being Caymanian
should qualify an applicant for a job over a more qualified expatriate is
dangerous. The financial industry landscape has changed in a fundamental way as
a result of the global financial crisis, and going forward most experts agree
that in order to remain successful, the Cayman Islands must do things better
than the competition. Doing things better requires high quality employees, not
people who were hired just because they are Caymanian.

Mr. Anglin’s comments are just the
kind of tough love this country needs. 
More people are speaking out on this subject as well, so Mr. Anglin is
not just a lone voice in the wilderness. UCCI President Roy Bodden said
recently that Cayman’s worst enemy is the culture of entitlement.  Last year, Young Caymanian Leadership Award
winner Canover Watson also spoke out against the sense of entitlement and he
urged Caymanians not to blame others for their shortcomings and to take
responsibility for their own success.

The way forward for the Cayman
Islands is not an immigration system that protects Caymanians for their own
shortcomings, but instead an education system that prepares students to have
the best chance of succeeding and contributing value to their employers.

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