Residents without a high school certificate now have the opportunity to receive one within months, through a post-secondary education programme being launched on October 15.
Explaining the reason behind the programme, Education Minister Myron Walwyn said statistics show that a number of the territory’s unemployed are persons without a diploma.
“We cannot afford to have so many of our young people without a high school diploma as it will stunt their growth in so many areas of their lives. While we do have the Alternative Secondary Education Programme, or what we commonly call night school, we need something more,” Walwyn said.
The minister said the programme will resemble the United States’ programme called General Equivalency Diploma – more commonly known as GED – whereby students are tested on four subjects. When passed, those persons receive a high school-level certification.
Here in the BVI, Walwyn said persons will be tested in mathematics, English language, social studies and science.
“Examinations will be administered twice a year in February and October and if those candidates pass the exams in these four areas, they will be awarded a high school certificate.
He said he believes the programme will be of help inmates at Her Majesty’s Prison and to sister islands residents who ‘cannot make it to Tortola to attend night school’.
Walwyn added: “I see this programme being helpful to persons who work in the privately owned daycare centres who do not have a high school diploma … I see this programme being a second chance for those persons in our community who did not take high school seriously or had other challenges that deferred their goals.”
The minister, in the meantime, said educators will be called on to assist with the weekly tutorials.
Teachers who assist will be given “an honorarium” for their efforts, Walwyn said.
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