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Universal Access to Secondary Education in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Black Caribbean Literature (BCL)
Marks,Veronica (Author)
Journal Article
Publication Date:
Jun 2009
Bridgetown, Barbados: Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies, University of the West Indies
African American Research Center, Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject Term:
Caribbean area, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Education, Secondary, Economics, Educational equalization, Human capital, Education policy, Curriculum, Employment and labor supply
In St. Vincent and the Grenadines universal secondary education, instituted by 2005, was one of the major pillars of the education revolution intended to propel social and economic advancement. A phased model of implementation was adopted. However, policy implementation required extensive support in critical areas such as physical infrastructural development, curriculum review and development, pedagogy, teacher training and the provision of resources. Implementation was fraught with challenges and the impact necessitated alternative interventions. At the same time, the process underscored the need for a holistic approach to unprecedented reform efforts if quality education is the desired goal.