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School registration starts amid controversy over required documents

April 3, 2014
The ministry of education has begun the registration process for students at the public primary and secondary levels for the academic year 2014-2015 but the list of required documents to be provided by parents has generated some controversy. Registration for primary schools began...

Education scam conspirators sentenced

March 17, 2014
Sheila Bain, one of the defendants found guilty of scamming Haitian nationals who were attempting to register their children in the Providenciales public school system, has been sentenced by the court. Bain, who is said to be Premier Rufus Ewing’s cousin, and at least two others were...

Education Week activities start in Family Islands

March 6, 2014
Monday saw the beginning of the annual Education Week activities take place and North Caicos was once again the host for a joint devotional service, which brought the four schools of North and Middle Caicos together to start the week. Prayers, scripture readings and presentations...

Chickenpox cases in Grand Turk primary school

March 6, 2014
Four children from Ona Glinton Primary School in Grand Turk were seen with chickenpox by the ministry of health primary health care department on Monday. Chickenpox is a very contagious disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus (VZV). It causes a blister-like rash...

Pine Cay Project announces grant to Ona Glinton Primary School, Grand Turk

March 6, 2014
Pine Cay Project has announced its grant of $12,023 to Ona Glinton Primary School to support the school’s improvements efforts in reading. The grant will provide funds for new books and learning materials that will permit the delivery of state-of-the-art reading instruction that includes...

Class Afloat sails to TCI aboard majestic tall ship

March 6, 2014
Class Afloat sails to TCI aboard majestic tall ship After seven months at sea, 40 Class Afloat students will be arriving in Turks and Caicos on March 9, 2014, aboard the majestic tall ship SS Sørlandet, the world’s oldest operating fully-rigged tall ship. With the guidance of a dedicated team of academic faculty and professional mariner crew...

Teachers stage sick out

March 3, 2014
Teachers stage sick out Last week, teachers at Clement Howell High School in Providenciales staged a sick out strike, which if restricted to two-day increments could prevent the government from taking action against them as civil servants. Although initial reports indicated that the teachers refused to conduct classes...

Education officials charged with soliciting bribes

February 24, 2014
Two education officials are now in court charged with soliciting bribes from parents and guardians attempting to enroll their children into the Providenciales school system. Most of the parents are Haitian nationals who were approached for illegal payments to guarantee enrolment.

Reduced university fees a possibility

December 24, 2013
Premier Rufus Ewing and Deputy Premier and Education Minister Akierra Missick have both addressed the possibility of the TCI becoming a contributing member of the University of the West Indies. If this is possible, it could offer reduced private tuition and scholarship tuition costs.

Education minister stuns listeners

December 2, 2013
Education minister stuns listeners Those listening to the House of Assembly proceedings recently were surprised to hear education minister Akierra Missick say that currently there are schools in the TCI that had more teachers than students. “Some schools have more teachers than students but this is not unusual in an island territory...

Ministry of education partners with UNICEF to develop TCI education strategy

November 4, 2013
The ministry of education has partnered with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) to review of the Turks and Caicos Islands’ five-year education development plan and to develop an implementation plan. UNICEF is providing technical support in the person of Geoffrey Thompson.

Dispute over school access continues

October 26, 2013
Dispute over school access continues The minister of education, Akierra Missick, continues to refuse access to local schools to opposition party members and in particular leader Sharlene Cartwright Robinson. The question of access was raised in a recent House of Assembly meeting when Missick quoted an old ordinance that...

Parent workshop to give attention and focus on children

October 19, 2013
Parent workshop to give attention and focus on children On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, the Learn and Lead Educational Center will host another parent workshop entitled “Attention and Focus in Children”.  More and more parents are complaining that their children just are ‘not settling.’ A child that has difficulty with attention and focus often does not produce...

Ministry responds to stabbing incident at Clement Howell High School

October 2, 2013
The ministry of education, youth, sport and culture said it is working with the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force to address an incident that occurred at the Clement Howell High School on Tuesday afternoon. Four students from the school were involved in an altercation.

Annual complimentary teacher's workshop was a great success

September 26, 2013
Annual complimentary teacher's workshop was a great success Learn and Lead Educational Center hosted its second annual Back to School Complimentary Workshop for teachers titled “Learning Disabilities in an Inclusive Classroom” to a packed house. Teachers are called upon daily to help every student in their classroom reach their potential. Knowing how to address...

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