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Education in Antigua and Barbuda

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 "NATIONAL UNION OF CONTINUOUS ORGANIZED HIGHER EDUCATION"

 

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The education system in Antigua and Barbuda is heavily influenced by the British system, a legacy of British rule for so many years. There are both public and private schools available and education can begin as early as the age of three in one of the many kindergartens across the country. From the age of five or six a child can attend a primary school until the age of twelve, then begin secondary education for a further four or five years.

It is compulsory for children in Antigua and Barbuda to attend school between the ages of 5 and 16. There are over 70 schools spread across the country and most of these are state run. Class size averages around 20 students and Antigua has one of the highest literacy rates in the Caribbean.

The country also has three colleges, which includes the University of Health Sciences, University of the West Indies (which also has branches in other parts of the Caribbean) and the Antigua State College which provides technical and teacher training. Students who wish to study for degrees that are not available in the country opt for universities in Europe or North America.


Education System in Antigua and Barbuda

 

Education

School/Level

Grade From

Grade To

Age From

Age To

Years

Notes

Primary

Primary School

 

 

5

12

7

 

Secondary

Low Secondary

 

 

12

15

3

 

Secondary

CSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) Examinations

 

 

15

17

2

 

Post-secondary

CXC Caribbean Advanced Placement Examination (CAPE)

 

 

17

 

2

 

Tertiary

University

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primary Education

Education in the tiny Caribbean Islands of Antigua and Barbuda is free and compulsory for all children there between ages 5 and 16. Even transport, school infrastructure and class materials are accounted for under a levy of basic wages. Primary education starts at age 5 and lasts for 7 years.

Secondary Education

Less than half of primary school pupils remain when they enroll at secondary school where they will study for 5 years with a favorable student-teacher rate of 13:1. The state curriculum remains academic throughout without any vocational alternative.

Vocational Education

Vocational training in these islands is under control of the national training agency that is responsible for setting and maintaining national standards. The Antigua State College delivers courses in office management, home management, agriculture, electronics and refrigeration among others.

Tertiary Education

Antigua and Barbuda EducationThere are three small colleges in Antigua and Barbuda. The University of Health Sciences that trains medical practitioners is not widely recognized beyond the islands. The University of the West Indies School of Continuing Studies offers adult training as mentioned previously, while the University of the West Indies maintains an extramural department in Antigua. 

Unfortunately many tertiary students study elsewhere in the Americas, and of the better ones, few return. The picture here is of a local school as we could not find one of the extramural facility.

 

 

 

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