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Jun 18, 2021

Bahamas National Exams To Be Held Between April and June

Bahamas Education Minister announced that the country’s national exams will be held between April 13 through June 25. COVID-19 cases have lessened and the ministry is able to transition on major islands from online instruction to blended or hybrid learning. Therefore, the ministry believes that the atmosphere is “favourable” to carrying out the 2020/2021 national examinations.

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May 6, 2021

Bahamas National Exams Head For Delay

Bahamas Education Minister said it is likely this year’s national examinations will be held later than usual as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This comes after the 2020 GLAT, BJC and BGCSE exams were postponed several times last year in response to the pandemic that resulted in the closure of schools across the country.

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Nov 20, 2020

CAPE & CSEC Exam Results: Urgent Matter For Review

The Caribbean Examination Council released 2020 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) results with a myriad of inconsistencies. Jamaica's Ministry of Education assuring that those issues will be addressed.

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Oct 31, 2020

Minister of Education gives update on reopening of schools

October 5, 2020 is the targeted date for the virtual opening of public and private schools throughout the archipelago. Minister of Education Lloyd announced that the Covid-19 pandemic forced the Department of Education to engage in more urgent planning and considerations. Schools were previously scheduled to open on September 21, 2020.

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Sep 24, 2020

New school year set to begin October 5 says Minister of Education

Bahamas Minister of Education announced that new school year will begin October 5, moving from the previously scheduled opening date of September 21. This is due to the substantial increase in infection rate of the novel coronavirus.

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Bahamas

Overview

The Commonwealth of the Bahamas is a chain of 700 islands and 2400 cays off the coast of Florida. The islands were first inhabited by the Arawaks who were there when Christopher Columbus landed on the Bahamian island of San Salvador in 1492. After the Spanish left, the Arawaks were sent into slavery on the island of Hispaniola (present day Haiti and Dominican Republic) and Cuba. In 1647, English settlers from Bermuda arrived, and, by 1717, the Bahamas was a British crown colony. In 1973, the Bahamas gained independence from the United Kingdom, but remains a member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

Education

The first schools in The Bahamas were founded by Anglicans, Methodists, Baptists and Catholics. In 1878, primary school became compulsory for all. Until the first public secondary school (Government High School) opened in 1925, secondary schools were private, run mainly by religious groups, and open only to the elite. In the early 1960s, there were many educational reforms, the most significant of which was the creation of their Ministry of Education in 1964. The first teachers' college opened in 1964, and an Act of Parliament created the College of the Bahamas in 1974. The Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education was introduced in 1993 to replace the General Certificate of Education that was administered by examining authorities in the United Kingdom.

Primary and Secondary Education

Compulsory education is from ages 5 to 16. Primary education begins at age 6 and lasts 6 years. Following completion, students sit for the Grade Level Assessment Test (GLAT). Junior secondary is 3 years, from ages 11 to 14. Following completion of junior secondary, students sit for the Bahamas Junior Certificate (BJC). Senior secondary is 2 years and students sit for the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) following completion. Students who wish to continue on to university studies complete 2 additional years of senior secondary that prepares them to sit for the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (GCE A-Level) examination that is administered by examining authorities in the United Kingdom.

Post-Secondary Education

Post-secondary education is offered by The College of the Bahamas which offers both associate and bachelor's degree program. Some master's degrees are offered through joint programs with U.S. institutions. The College has 3 campuses; the main campus, Oakes Field, is located near the city of Nassau and houses the main administrative offices. The College's Bahamas Tourism Training Centre hosts the University of the West Indies Hotel Management program. Admission to The College of the Bahamas requires 5 BGCSE passes with grades of A - C. Associate degree programs at The College of the Bahamas require at least 60 credits and bachelor degree program require at least 120 credits. Diploma programs are also available to students who hold a bachelor's degree and require at least 30 credits. Students who have completed GCE A-Levels can apply for admission to the University of the West Indies which has a representative in Nassau.


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