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USVI students celebrate summer reading accomplishments at big celebration

December 3, 2016
USVI students celebrate summer reading accomplishments at big celebration ST CROIX, USVI -- Students who participated in the Eighth Annual Governor’s Summer Reading Challenge enjoyed a fun-filled afternoon at US Virgin Islands Governor Kenneth Mapp’s Big Celebration held Saturday, November 19, at the St Croix Central High School gymnasium.

Trinidad and Tobago education failures are an abuse of human rights, says law professor

December 1, 2016
Trinidad and Tobago education failures are an abuse of human rights, says law professor PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago boasts of having free universal education for its citizens, despite the stopgap measure of an entrance examination to secondary school that results in children as young as 11 competing for limited places in the better-equipped...

Guyana National Accreditation Council offers only registration not accreditation

November 26, 2016
Guyana National Accreditation Council offers only registration not accreditation GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In a press statement on Friday, Guyana’s National Accreditation Council (NAC) revealed that medical degrees issued by institutions in Guyana are only recognized if the degrees are accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine...

Lawyers for Guyana university confirm that graduates cannot go on to the US to study

November 25, 2016
Lawyers for Guyana university confirm that graduates cannot go on to the US to study GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In a demand letter from the law firm of Hughes, Fields, and Stoby that was hand-delivered on Thursday to the Guyana Guardian, attorneys for the Texila American University seem to have admitted that any claim suggesting that students can go on to the United States...

IDB study reveals that PATH leads to better high school placement for boys

November 25, 2016
IDB study reveals that PATH leads to better high school placement for boys KINGSTON, Jamaica -- An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) study has found that enrollment in the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) leads to better high school placement for boys when compared to boys of similar socio-economic status...

Regional top education awards 2016

November 24, 2016
Regional top education awards 2016 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Two students, one from Dominica and one from Grenada, have created history by becoming the first students to be awarded regional top awards for the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC).  The first recipients, Jason Philip of...

Guyana accreditation council dodges interview, as four-year-old reads for masters degree

November 21, 2016
Guyana accreditation council dodges interview, as four-year-old reads for masters degree GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Following accusations by several foreign students that a person or persons at Guyana’s National Accreditation Council (NAC) are working in collusion with Texila American University to defraud them, the body had subsequently agreed to an interview.

Solving the problem of mathematics education in the region

November 18, 2016
Solving the problem of mathematics education in the region BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) recently hosted a two-day workshop for mathematics education stakeholders from across the region. Participants reviewed the current status of mathematics education in the Caribbean, identified current good practices...

Commentary: Turks and Caicos Islands Community College - Making strides or marking time?

November 18, 2016
Commentary: Turks and Caicos Islands Community College - Making strides or marking time? The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC) was established over two decades ago in order to provide post secondary education to our students and to reduce the burden of astronomical expenditure on overseas scholarships. During this period of time (1994 to 2016)...

US Dept of Education says medical degrees issued by Guyana university are not recognised

November 14, 2016
US Dept of Education says medical degrees issued by Guyana university are not recognised GEORGETOWN, Guyana; – After a two-month joint investigation by a team of contributing investigative writers from the Guyana Guardian, the Times of India – which happens to be the world’s largest selling daily English language newspaper – and the Huffington Post – globally labelled...

Commentary: The Caribbean university: A plantation, the master's house?

November 14, 2016
Commentary: The Caribbean university: A plantation, the master's house? In Caribbean history, the plantation, and the master’s house are associated with slavery, its structure, and a set of imposed values. Many Caribbean scholars maintain that these structures remain in place in a subtle way, with changes designed to preserve the system. Plantation society...

Bahamas to improve skills-based training programs with IDB assistance

November 3, 2016
Bahamas to improve skills-based training programs with IDB assistance WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the government of The Bahamas are partnering in a new jobs initiative to increase workplace skills and improve employability among young people and adults who have had difficulty finding work.

Commentary: Reply to Trevor Male's comments on 'Do schools really shape our social identity?'

November 2, 2016
Commentary: Reply to Trevor Male's comments on 'Do schools really shape our social identity?' Trevor opens his comments by alleging I appear to fall into the trap that education equals schooling, and vice-versa. There is no evidence in my commentary where this is stated specifically. But when the concept of schooling is analysed, it can be seen that it is not only the context whereby...

IMPACT Justice donates over 200 books to the University of Guyana Library

October 29, 2016
IMPACT Justice donates over 200 books to the University of Guyana Library GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Canadian government-funded, Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has donated 244 books (192 titles) to the University of Guyana Library as part of its efforts to improve the provision of legal information in Caribbean...

School feeding programmes could help fight NCDs in CARICOM

October 26, 2016
School feeding programmes could help fight NCDs in CARICOM GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A food and nutrition official has identified the school feeding programme as a means of combating unhealthy eating habits in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Lystra Fletcher-Paul, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) sub-regional...

BVI to host launch of CAPE financial services syllabus

October 25, 2016
BVI to host launch of CAPE financial services syllabus ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The ministry of education and culture in the British Virgin Islands will host the launch of the new financial services syllabus for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) on Thursday, 3 November 2016. Dr Kedrick Pickering, acting premier of the BVI...

Commentary: Does teacher quality really matter?

October 24, 2016
Commentary: Does teacher quality really matter? The idea of teacher quality has become topical, particularly with regard to regional exam performance, and the performance of students internally. This is connected to discussions about the way teachers are trained, and the results they get, which affect the image of their schools.

IMPACT Justice project continues its legal education survey in Barbados and southern Caribbean

October 18, 2016
IMPACT Justice project continues its legal education survey in Barbados and southern Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project continues its survey of legal education this week. The IMPACT Justice consultants, Professor Jane Ching, Dr Noel Watson and Dr Adrian Cummins QC...

Commentary: Do schools really shape our social identity?

October 12, 2016
Commentary: Do schools really shape our social identity? One of the basic ideas of political sociology, is that the school as an agent of socialisation shapes our social and cultural identity, so that who we are, and will be are imprinted on our psyche determining how we behave. And that this personality remains with us, shaping how we think...

CXC to accept late submission of SBA samples

September 14, 2016
CXC to accept late submission of SBA samples BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In an effort to ensure that the principles of natural justice and fairness are upheld, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has taken a decision to allow schools to submit school based assessment (SBA) samples that were prepared by students, but...

Private Hindu college in Guyana excels in the Caribbean

September 13, 2016
Private Hindu college in Guyana excels in the Caribbean GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A private Hindu college/high school continues to excel academically in Guyana (and perhaps the Caribbean), surpassed only by the long-established (1844), state-funded Queen’s College. In the recent CSEC [equivalent to London GCE and Cambridge O’ Level...

IMPACT Justice donates books to Faculty of Law, UWI, Mona Campus

September 5, 2016
IMPACT Justice donates books to Faculty of Law, UWI, Mona Campus BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has donated 948 law books to the Faculty of Law of the UWI, Mona Campus, Jamaica. The official handing over ceremony for these books takes place...

New financing options for Barbados students

August 24, 2016
New financing options for Barbados students BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A major challenge faced by governments and indeed individuals, amidst shrinking economies across the region, is the financing of higher education. This challenge is coupled with the pressures and demands by the public and private sector for the pursuit...

Resort developer announces scholarship programme for 50 students from Dominica

August 23, 2016
Resort developer announces scholarship programme for 50 students from Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Range Developments, the developer of luxury projects in the Caribbean, has announced the creation of 50 scholarships of $1,000 each for students from the island of Dominica to help them pay for their studies. “Education is the single most important thing one...

CSEC results 2016

August 23, 2016
CSEC results 2016 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Sixty-six per cent of subject entries entered for the May/June 2016 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations achieved Grades I-III, the acceptable grades at CSEC. This is just two percentage points below that of 2015 when 68 per cent...

CAPE results 2016

August 18, 2016
CAPE results 2016 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Performance in the 2016 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) remained consistent with that of the past five years. Approximately 90 percent of the entries achieved Grades I-V, which are the acceptable grades at CAPE.  Thirteen percent of...

UWI ready to support Belize following Hurricane Earl

August 11, 2016
UWI ready to support Belize following Hurricane Earl KINGSTON, Jamaica -- At the peak of the hurricane season, The University of the West Indies (UWI) said it remains watchful and poised to lend support to its Caribbean neighbours. Outreach has begun for the recovery efforts in Belize after it was hard hit by Hurricane Earl.

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