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Education in Barbados

Education in Barbados
Ministry of Ed., Youth Affairs
& Sports

Min. of Education & Human Resource Dev.
Hon. Ronald D. Jones MP
National education budget (2008–09)
Budget BDS$500 million[1][2]
General details
Primary languages English
System type National
Compulsory education 1890(Education Act of 1890)
Literacy (2002[3])
Total 99.7
Male 99.7
Female 99.7
Total 59 500
Primary 28 000
Secondary 22 000
Post secondary 11 459+[4]
Secondary diploma n/a
Post-secondary diploma n/a

Education in Barbados is based primarily on the British model.

There are presently:

  • 1 infant school,
  • 4 public nursery schools,
  • 71 public primary schools,
  • 2 assisted special schools,
  • 20 registered private schools,
  • 23 public secondary schools,
  • 7 assisted private secondary schools,
3 tertiary-level institutions
  • UWI Cave Hill
  • Barbados Community College (BCC)
  • The Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic (SJPP)
  • 1 teachers' training institution
  • 1 central administrative agency
2 departments, namely
  • Audio Visual Aids and School Meals Department
  • The Education Project Implementation Unit

In addition, there is 1 public senior school

Academic Term

The Barbadian school year is fashioned after the British system, and as such, it follows a scheduling with three terms per school year.

The first term begins the second week of September and continues for 15 weeks adjourning in mid-December excluding one week for Mid Term Break in Mid-October. The second Term begins in the first week of January and continues for 12 weeks ending the end of March. The final Third Term begins mid-April and continues for 11 weeks until the end of June.

The School Holiday period is 9 to 10 weeks long from the end of June until the first week of September.

Education is provided free of charge and is compulsory between the ages of 5 and 16, and attendance is strictly enforced.[5] In 1991, the gross primary enrollment rate was 90.4 percent.[5]

It was reported that Barbados has spent roughly US$15 billion on Education since Independence in 1966. In 2006 during the inaugural Cecil F. deCaires Memorial Lecture at the Frank Collymore Hall, the former Central Bank Governor Sir Courtney Blackman remarked that between 1966 and 2000 successive Governments (of Barbados) had spent US$15 billion on education costs – "a remarkable investment for such a small state".[6]

In 2009, Ronald Jones as the Minister of Education and Human Resource Development said the Barbados government spent $290 million to upgrade the schools with information technology. Given this Jones said the ministry would be entering a grading processes for schools on their usage of the technology using a scale of 1 to 6.[7]


  • Footnotes 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


  1. ^ Government of Barbados Information Network: $1/2 BILLION SPENT ON EDUCATION
  2. ^
  3. ^ Estimate for Barbados, from [2], CIA World Factbook
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b "Barbados". Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor (2001). Bureau of International Labor Affairs, U.S. Department of Labor (2002). This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  6. ^
  7. ^

See also


  • Education in Barbados
  • Early Developments In Barbadian Education
  • U.S. Library of Congress: Education in Barbados
  • U.S. State Department: Education in Barbados

External links

  • The Barbados Accreditation Council
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Council
  • Vocational Education and Training in Barbados UNESCO-UNEVOC country profile
  • Barbados Ministry of Education, Youth Affairs & Sports - Official website
  • Government of Barbados: Education
  • Bajans thrive in NY schools
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