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Education in St. Kitts and Nevis

Education in St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Kitts and Nevis is the first Commonwealth Caribbean country to introduce free universal secondary education. This was implemented after replacing the former education structure inherited from the British colonial period.

The country has an Education Act that addresses the fundamental goal of providing access to quality education for all nationals in institutions that foster economic development and other values of the country’s community. The country also has a number of private institutions that offer paid tuition.

The country has a network of free public schools that provide accessibility and are well-resourced to meet the country’s education needs. While education in St. Kitts and Nevis has seen major improvements, the quality of education is greatly impacted by the low percentage of fully skilled teachers.

While teachers may be scarce in St. Kitts and Nevis, education in the country is not developing due to lack of determination. Education in St. Kitts and Nevis has seen the development of a technical and vocational education and training strategy that promotes employable skills development and entrepreneurship.

The country currently is unable to offer or sustain a tertiary education institution but prepares students to attend university in other parts of the Caribbean as well as other regions. Education in St. Kitts and Nevis focuses mainly on the strengthening of a diverse and broad educational system based on societal need. The country has seen great progress as its current literacy rate stands at ninety percent.

This Commonwealth nation continues to take into consideration its economic trends, educational system, administration and management in the College of Further Education, focusing mainly on The St. Kitts Technical College specializing in technical education.

Rochelle R. Dean

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