Education in Montserrat

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Education in Montserrat is compulsory for children between the ages of 5 and 14, and free up to the age of 17.[1] The Government of Montserrat developed an Education in the Country Policy Plan for 1998–2002 in conjunction with the United Kingdom.[1] Under this plan, the government is supporting initiatives in the areas of curriculum development, student assessment and evaluation, professional development for teachers, post-secondary education expansion, and educational infrastructure and information technology.[1]

The educational system is similar to that of England.[2] In 1990 all primary school-aged residents were enrolled in school.[3]

History

Methodists created two schools, one each in Plymouth and Cavalla Hill. The Sturges family founded the Olveston School.[4]

Schools

Government daycares include Lookout Daycare, St. John's Daycare, and Salem Daycare. Government nurseries include Brades Nursery, Lookout Nursery, and Salem Nursery. Aunt Madge Child Care, a private institution, has nursery and daycare services.[5] Lookout Nursery opened in 2001, Lookout Daycare opened in 2002, and Salem Nursery opened in 2005. St. John's Nursery closed in 2001.[6]

There are two government primary schools with Kindergarten and grades 1-6:[7]

  • Brades Primary School (Brades)
    • The Methodist Church built the school in 1966. Further additions and renovation were done by the Montserrat government.[8] In 2009 the school was overpopulated;[9] it had 151 students that year.[8]
  • Lookout Primary School (Lookout)
    • It was established after the 1997 Soufrière Hills volcanic eruption,[9] beginning as a secondary institution in 1997. In 2001 it was converted into a primary institution. There are three buildings, with Building 1 at the highest-most point. In 2009 it had 174 students.[7]

There are two private primary schools with Kindergarten and grades 1-6:[2]

  • St. Augustine Catholic Primary School (Brades)[10]
  • Lighthouse Primary School[5]
  • Samuel Academy (opened 2005)[6]

Thee is also a Special Needs Unit primary school which opened in 2003.[6]

The only secondary school (pre-16 years of age) on the island is the Montserrat Secondary School (MSS), a government-operated school in Salem.[7] Montserrat Community College (MCC) is a community college (post-16 and tertiary) in Salem.[11] MCC took over sixth-form college from MSS upon its opening in 2004.[12]

The University of the West Indies maintains its Montserrat Open Campus.[13] The University of Science, Arts and Technology in Olveston, a private tertiary institution, was established in 2003 and is accredited by Montserrat's Ministry of Education.[14]

Pre-1997

In the pre-1997 era, Montserrat had state, private, and church schools. In 1989 the island had two day care centres. Its 12 nursery schools had 460 students in 1988. Its 12 primary schools had 1,403 students in 1988.[15]

  • Kinsdale Primary School (KPS)[16]
    • It served as a hurricane shelter.[17]
  • Plymouth Primary School[16]
  • Salem Primary School[12]

Prior to 1928 residents had to go outside Montserrat to get secondary schooling. In 1928, the first secondary institution, Montserrat Boys Grammar School, a government boys-only school, opened. In 1932 a private girls-only secondary school opened. They merged into MSS in 1938.[18]

In the pre-1997 era, Plymouth Junior Secondary School, Salem Junior Secondary School,[19] and the MSS junior section had lower secondary education while MSS senior section had upper secondary education.[20] They were branches of one secondary institution, and together had 1,043 students in 1988.[15]

There was also a technical college, Montserrat Technical College (MTC),[16] with 72 students in 1988.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b c "Territories and Non-Independent Countries". 2001 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor. Bureau of International Labor Affairs, US Department of Labor. 2002. Archived from the original on March 28, 2005.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ a b "Development Proposals for: Lookout Primary School Brades Primary School Montserrat Secondary School 2008 MNT 09." Department for International Development UK. p. 68 (in "ANNEX 1: TERMS OF REFERENCE: DESIGN CONSULTANCY FOR EDUCATION INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAMME") (PDF p. 71/73). Retrieved on November 24, 2017.
  3. ^ Ministries of Education in Small States: Case Studies of Organisation and Management. Commonwealth Secretariat, 1991. ISBN 0850923670, 9780850923674. p. 163.
  4. ^ Three (3) papers on the educational system in Montserrat. Government Information Unit (Montserrat), 1986. p. 1.
  5. ^ a b "Statistical Digest 2014." Ministry of Education Montserrat. p. 2-3 (PDF p. 7-8/27). Retrieved on November 28, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c "Montserrat Survey of Living Conditions, 2009 Volume 1, Main Report." Government of Montserrat and the Caribbean Development Bank. December 2012. Retrieved on November 28, 2017. p. 106 (PDF p. 150/204).
  7. ^ a b c "Development Proposals for: Lookout Primary School Brades Primary School Montserrat Secondary School 2008 MNT 09." Department for International Development UK. p. 3 (PDF p. 6/73). Retrieved on November 24, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Development Proposals for: Lookout Primary School Brades Primary School Montserrat Secondary School 2008 MNT 09." Department for International Development UK. p. 4 (PDF p. 7/73). Retrieved on November 24, 2017.
  9. ^ a b "Development proposals for: Lookout Primary School, Brades Primary School, Montserrat Secondary School, 2008 MNT 09."
  10. ^ Home page. St. Augustine Catholic Primary School. Retrieved on November 24, 2017. "ST. AUGUSTINE CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL Palm Loop, Montserrat P.O. Box 192, Brades MSR 1110"
  11. ^ Home page. Montserrat Community College. Retrieved on November 24, 2017. "Salem, Montserrat W. I."
  12. ^ a b "History." Montserrat Community College. Retrieved on November 27, 2017.
  13. ^ "The Open Campus in Montserrat." University of the West Indies Open Campus. Retrieved on November 24, 2017.
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 29, 2012. Retrieved September 16, 2012. 
  15. ^ a b c Hunter, Brian (editor). The Statesman's Year Book: 1992–93 (29th edition). Springer Science+Business Media, December 29, 2016. ISBN 0230271219, 9780230271210. p. 968.
  16. ^ a b c Thomas, Emel (editor). Education in the Commonwealth Caribbean and Netherlands Antilles. Bloomsbury Publishing, May 8, 2014. ISBN 1623563836, 9781623563837. p. 279.
  17. ^ Miller, Paul. School Leadership in the Caribbean: Perceptions, Practices, Paradigms. Symposium Books Ltd, 6 May 2013. ISBN 1873927819, 9781873927816. p. 37.
  18. ^ "ABOUT US | MSS ASSOCIATION". mssassociation.org. Retrieved 2017-02-18. 
  19. ^ "Report of the Technical-Vocational Education and Training Reconnaissance Mission." UNESCO. Annex 1 p. 2 (PDF p. 12/14). Retrieved on 27 November 2017.
  20. ^ "Report of the Technical-Vocational Education and Training Reconnaissance Mission." UNESCO. Annex 1 p. 3 (PDF p. 13/14). Retrieved on 27 November 2017.

External links

  • Review of Montserrat's Primary and Secondary Schools' Organisation and Instructional Practices in Curriculum Delivery - Government of Montserrat - 2012


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