Minister of Education, Geoffrey Hanley, and the administration led by Prime Minister Terrance Drew are facing growing criticism over their recent initiative, which has raised concerns about inclusivity and foresight. The initiative in question is the back-to-school $250 voucher program, aimed at supporting parents or children in the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. However, the eligibility criteria have sparked controversy, as only children attending public or government-owned schools are considered.This exclusivity has ignited a debate about the national identity of students who attend private educational institutions like ICCS, Maurice Hillier, and George Moody Stuart schools. Parents who have invested in private education for their children now question why their children are seemingly excluded from benefiting. The rushed and poorly planned nature of the initiative has further exacerbated these concerns.Critics argue that the government’s focus on solely public school children neglects the broader educational landscape and fails to acknowledge the contributions of private institutions. The lack of consideration for private school students has led to doubts about the administration’s commitment to a unified national identity.As the controversy continues to unfold, it remains to be seen whether Minister Geoffrey Hanley and Prime Minister Terrance Drew will address the mounting concerns and take steps to rectify the perceived oversight. The situation underscores the importance of carefully planning and considering the implications of policies to ensure inclusivity and fairness for all members of the community, regardless of their educational background.