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Public schools opening delayed

August 29, 2014
Public schools will now reopen on Monday, 8th September 2014. The 2014-2015 academic year was scheduled to begin on Monday, 1st September; however, with the passage of Tropical Storm Cristobal and the resulting flooding across much of the country, a number of students...

Future TCI leaders urged to apply for academic training

August 8, 2014
Applications are now open for the UK’s prestigious Chevening scholarship programme. Talented professionals and public servants from the Turks and Caicos Islands are able to apply for a fully funded scholarship under the UK’s flagship scholarship programme.

Education ministry responds to questions over high school

June 25, 2014
In response to questions raised by local media, the Ministry of Education, Youth, Sport and Libraries said that the physical plant at Clement Howell High School (CHHS) and indeed all schools are of serious concern and it is for this reason that the ministry is addressing these issues as much as possible.

Commentary: The Turks and Caicos Islands government and the University of the West Indies

June 20, 2014
Recently, the Turks and Caicos Islands government became a contributing territory to the University of the West Indies. This debate has been around for decades as to whether the government should or should not become a contributing territory to the university. Some years ago, this was done but only with...

Opposition leader supports high school split

May 14, 2014
Opposition leader Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson has gone on record as supporting rumoured government plans to split the Clement Howell High School in Providenciales in response to overcrowding, saying that it is a move that ought to have taken priority since year one of the current government.

TCI granted UWI contributing country status

May 7, 2014
At the invitation of the chancellor and vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), deputy premier and minister of education Akierra Missick; permanent secretary for the ministry of education, Cherylann Jones and the permanent secretary in the Office of the Premier...

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.

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