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Poor grammar in Youth Policy document; ‘Ministry’ on cover misspelled!

-Former Press Secretary Devon U. Osborne points out what many have continued to say that after three years nothing has been done in sports
The word 'Ministry' on the cover of the recently tabled National Youth Policy clearly misspelled. Photo: VINO
The cover of the National Youth Policy document. Photo: VINO
The cover of the National Youth Policy document. Photo: VINO
Former Press Secretary and Sports expert Devon U. Osborne in a statement to the public lashed out at Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn for what he described as an “incomplete” National Youth Policy. Photo: VINO/File
Former Press Secretary and Sports expert Devon U. Osborne in a statement to the public lashed out at Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn for what he described as an “incomplete” National Youth Policy. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola VI - As the 2015 Spelling Bee contest is about to kick off the Ministry of Education and Culture headed by Hon Myron V. Walwyn could be the first area that needs some lessons. Over the past three years there continued to be quiet whispers about the spelling errors and poor grammar that leave the Ministry in letters, statements in the House of Assembly (HoA) and at times press releases.

It was last week that many persons called our news room to point out that at the HoA Sitting on February 12, 2015 in all of Minister Walwyn’s statements that the use of British English was absent and the use of American English was dominant. For example, words like 'programme' had been written as 'program' the US spelling and where in sentences it should have been ‘S’ it was written with a ‘Z’.

The public schools including the H L Stoutt Community College under his Ministry use formally the British style of English writing.

It was also embarrassing for the Minister to have laid his much talked about National Youth Policy Strategic Framework on the Table of the HoA , but before you could turn the cover one would have noticed that the word Ministry was again misspelled as ‘Ministery’. There are also many grammatical errors in the document as it seemed rushed.

It remains unclear also of the level of involvement on the policy by the Department of Youths Affairs and Sports.

Hon Myron has failed - Devon U. Osborne

In lashing out at the National Youth Policy from Minister Walwyn former Press Secretary and Sports expert Devon U. Osborne in a statement to the public described it as “incomplete.”

Mr. Osborne one of the few in the Virgin Islands with a Sports Management Degree said, “Walwyn, has failed to date with his performance in Sports compared to his predecessor. Where his predecessor has laid the groundwork for the implementation of a new sports policy, and has improved many of our sporting and recreational facilities, to date the current Minister has not followed through effectively or efficiently.”

After three long years nothing!

Mr. Osborne told the public, “the Minister took an additional three plus years to bring what I consider to be an incomplete National Youth Policy to the House of Assembly”. The Former 9th District candidate said, “better late than never with his effort but incomplete or a halfway job is unacceptable. It is limited to the discipline of sports and a sports policy [lacking] detail is also detrimental to the protection, development, and enhancement of this territory” declared Mr. Osborne.

In making his case on how the Minister for Education and Culture has failed in his job Mr. Osborne said, “Tourism is being developed right here in this territory with no law and order and the Minister continues to ignore the fact that it can be another major revenue generator creating millions of dollars and hundreds of local jobs for our youths. We have one of the best sailing destinations if not the best in the world that can generate millions of dollars through sports tourism whether recreational or through competition. We have expatriates coming in and setting up shop on this gold mine that our children should be benefiting from with no law and order and it is disappointing.”

Walwyn done nothing for education-critics

Many of Hon Walwyn’s critics have said he has done little or nothing for the past three years for education and the youths and has politicalised the education system from hiring of teachers and principals, to which students get into which schools and even who is allowed as vendors at the public schools.

They have also accused him for the past three years of ignoring the sister islands’ schools, especially Anegada and Jost van Dyke.

37 Responses to “Poor grammar in Youth Policy document; ‘Ministry’ on cover misspelled!”

  • Bush Lawyer (17/02/2015, 14:49) Like (8) Dislike (8) Reply
    look mvw and he bad grammer well saw
    • @ Bush Lawyer (17/02/2015, 23:02) Like (6) Dislike (7) Reply
      Allu just HUSH!! jealous, that's you who post negativity. He has done more fr Education than the last minister and the one before. Does he type the reports? Go way man
    • @bush lawyer (18/02/2015, 01:20) Like (11) Dislike (1) Reply
      The correct spelling is grammar
    • shame.... (18/02/2015, 09:22) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
      You're obviously in no position to judge anyone's "grammer"
  • ooooo (lol) (17/02/2015, 14:50) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    sock it to him!'s a mystery his advisors cant even spell "ministry" properly....they are spelling the words the same way they paid to do on the blogs
  • vip (17/02/2015, 14:53) Like (9) Dislike (8) Reply
    Devon is right, the man is incompetent. Who will pay for this blunder, hope it is not tax-payers?
  • Yes (17/02/2015, 14:55) Like (5) Dislike (6) Reply
    This coming from the minister of education and his staff? We really moving from great to good.
    • @LOL (17/02/2015, 20:28) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      I guess they were in a hurry to get the information out and didn't proofread the document.
  • vip (17/02/2015, 15:08) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Devon, VIP don't want you, put a sock in it.
  • vip (17/02/2015, 15:20) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
    A big VIP supporter printed this too! SMH

    She made us look bad!
  • apple pie (17/02/2015, 15:28) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Oh no how embrassing
  • Truth (17/02/2015, 15:42) Like (4) Dislike (3) Reply
  • T skeete (17/02/2015, 15:46) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    "that's a gross grammatical error"
  • gg (17/02/2015, 15:47) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    But he is a lawyer
  • yes (17/02/2015, 15:58) Like (47) Dislike (5) Reply


  • LOL! (17/02/2015, 16:38) Like (16) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is typical ignorance. The cover of the youth policy misspelled Ministry by having an 'e' in the word, staff error which should have been picked up before heading to HOA however, big deal? What's the content of the Youth Policy, does it or does it not benefit the youth of the BVI? Why didn't we have a Youth Policy in place before hand and why didn't Devon push for one with his Masters Degree in Sports and all that he knows? The Sports Policy is in place 2 years now and was tabled by same Myron. All of a sudden everybody know how to do this and that because talking season is near.
  • me (17/02/2015, 17:00) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    How embarrassing coming from a law maker? Wow!
  • vex (17/02/2015, 17:09) Like (11) Dislike (5) Reply
    Cant even cant spell and he thing he better than rajah
  • Is He Serious? (17/02/2015, 18:17) Like (27) Dislike (4) Reply
    This is the biggest load of hot air I've ever heard. So we're now judging elected officials based on public spelling? Really? No, Really? If this man wants to be taken seriously by those who aren't guided by 3 second sound bites, he surely needs to come with some policy substance.

    Love or hate Myron, no one with eyes and ears can say that the man has done nothing. He's done a lot, the question is do you agree with it or not. And if you don't agree, what would you do differently?

    Nobel prize wining authors misspell words in New York Times articles all the time. I guess we should stop taking them seriously... Oh and I may or may not have misspelled some words in my response.. if I did misspell something, please label me an idiot...
    • Hmm (17/02/2015, 18:44) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
      Barnes working for that contract money 'sah'. All day blogging.
    • @ is he serious? (18/02/2015, 00:30) Like (2) Dislike (4) Reply
      MVW always playing so pompous and arrogant and look he even cannot spell ministry!
  • Tweet (17/02/2015, 20:33) Like (5) Dislike (1) Reply
    Devon are you sure your name is spelt correctly? Is it Osbourne or Osborne? Here comes nitpick season.
  • God Send (17/02/2015, 20:51) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    I've always heard about critics! Never took the time to study them, or take them on! Critics are known to make fun of others who are, some how weak in certain areas of their life! If you allow critics to manipulate the mind set you will be lost, that is specialty! For rolling of years people have always look down on the less fortunate as an outcast! Regardless of where you are in this life today, never allow anyone to belittle you! "Teacher's were given as a gift from God," to educate people along the way. We are not responsible for what we have learned as youths growing up. At the ending of the day all of us were taught by somebody and, our thinking are very much different from each other! People should spend time correcting errors and help people to read, write and spell properly instead of bashing people's opinion when they tries, to bring a across a message in writing! How well does the mental mind works if all you see is misspelled words, and you not making efforts, to help correct the situation?!. Ha haaaa, did I miss something here?! It's factual, that no one will ever become the perfect person! People spend to much time worrying about the wrong things. Let love live and do you. Once you get the picture of the message why worry about who mis--------- words ! Ha ha , the sh-- is getting hot!
  • vip (17/02/2015, 21:16) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
  • dd (18/02/2015, 00:39) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    Myron Walwyn and VIP should be ASHAMED!!!!!
  • west (18/02/2015, 01:31) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Never a dull moment in a Caribbean political dramma
  • Queen Mary (18/02/2015, 08:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I would think that Minister Walwyn , along with advisers and consultants is the brain behind his Ministery err Ministry. LOL.
    Assistants,Secretary, clerks and other support staff would be the ones typing, printing, collating organizing and distributing a finished product. Of course, Walwyn is ultimately responsible . At the pace of his numerous accomplishments, I have sometimes wondered if he sleeps..If he is hands on and does everything himself or finds it necessary to micromanage, then disaster looms, be it a sloppy document or burnout or God Forbid, health issues.
    Private businesses have the luxury of hiring from outside but his office starts with the handicap of a "good to great" local personnel.
    The minister will need to make tough decisions in hiring, shuffling and maybe firing staff. He could also decrease his pace but that is unlikely and not in the best interest of the Youths based on his perspective and vision.
    I am confident that he will find the solution while taking time out for a well deserved vacation.
    • I thought (18/02/2015, 21:26) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ministry personnel making those kind of mistakes? Now who did that? I thought the one who was not good for his ministry was let go some 3 years 6 months ago? WOW! Wali my dear, I see why you have to micro manage.
  • Online Now (18/02/2015, 10:28) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    99% of the "people" who comment on this website should not dare to comment on anyone else's spelling or grammar.
  • proud tolian (18/02/2015, 15:23) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    It is obvious that this guy Devon Osborne is desperate for power. Why does he have to stoop to this level to point out the spelling / grammatical errors by MVW in order to gain political mileage? These types of mistakes are commonly made in articles all the time. Many times you read the newspapers, magazines and the online news / blogs and there are mistakes of this same nature. Does anyone go the extent to pin-point them out? I think that we need to be each others keeper instead of being so critical. Much more to this, since Devon is without sin, he needs to cast the first stone.
  • Big Birg (18/02/2015, 23:53) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    who more desperate than funny man? go talk that!
  • The minister (20/02/2015, 23:59) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    What a sad ignorant man,

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