PERMANENT AND PENSIONABLE: Govt to regularize 300 Ministry of Education staffers by end of budget year

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd announced yesterday that some 300 contract workers in his ministry will become permanent and pensionable by the end of the budget year. During his presentation to the budget debate, Lloyd acknowledged “vexing concerns” of employees from the delays in confirmations, reclassifications and regularization to permanent and pensionable […]

BACK TO ONLINE: Public school face-to-face learning suspended from May 25 to June 3 for national exams

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Ministry of Education has advised that face-to-face classroom instruction from all primary, junior and senior high public schools will be suspended from May 25 to June 3 in order to facilitate national examinations. Online learning will continue during this time, however. In a recent press statement, the ministry acknowledged that it […]

Lloyd: Repeating is the last resort for students disadvantaged by COVID-19 pandemic

Face-to-face learning anticipated for February NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday the ministry is reviewing new methods to aid students who were severely impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic and ensure they do not have to repeat the academic year. Speaking to reporters outside Cabinet, Lloyd said schools on New Providence and […]

Govt. to ferry Androsians after Fresh Creek Bridge sustained “severe damage”

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government will operate a ferry to transport individuals and vehicles between the Fresh Creek waterway and Central Andros after the bridge sustained “severe damage” and has been deemed unsafe. The Ministry of Public Works said the vital transport link provides the only road crossing to Fresh Creek in Central Andros. According […]

BUT pres. blasts ‘late’ scholarship announcement

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Bahamas Union of Teachers President Belinda Wilson yesterday blasted the delivery of the government’s announcement on its scholarship moratorium as “insensitive”. The Ministry of Education announced a moratorium on new tuition grants for the upcoming academic year on Saturday. The moratorium was pinned on a “reduction in resources and other factors”, and […]

Lloyd: UB enrollment jumps to 6,000 students

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The University of The Bahamas is expected to see a significant increase in students with just over 6,000 students expected to enroll this Fall. Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd yesterday attributed the estimated increase to the global coronavirus pandemic and the growing number of cases in the United States – where thousands […]

Cambridge exams cancelled but BJC and BGCSE still under review

NASSAU, BAHAMAS – The worldwide cancellation of the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) does not affect the 2020 BJC and BGCSE examinations, the Ministry of Education advised today. The Cambridge Assessment International Education issued a statement on Tuesday that due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, it decided to cancel the May/June […]

Corporate and civic organizations help ready inner city kids for school today

Numerous  civic and community organizations held back-to-school events throughout New Providence, to help as best they could hundreds of less fortunate students prepare for the start of the 2018/2019 school year. Eyewitness News caught up with several of those groups over the weekend, including mTech Computer Company, which partnered with the Rotoract Club of East […]

National security minister commits to school policing

Police Staff Association says officers needed on school campuses National Security Minister Marvin Dames confirmed Tuesday that the Royal Bahamas Police Force’s (RBPF) school policing program will recommence at the start of the new school year. “The force will be carrying on the school policing program, because it works. We will have our officers present […]

Educators Managers Union respond to national curricula revision mandate

Educators Managers Union’s Labour Liason Officer Zane Lightbourne and Secretary General Stephen McPhee echoed the Education Minister’s Jeffrey Llyod’s remarks that the national curriculum needs to be updated, however, updated realistically to fit all schools in The Bahamas. The Education Minister noted during the National Teachers Conclave on Wednesday that the government will by law update […]