Education System in St. Vincent and The Grenadines


 EducationSchool/LevelGrade FromGrade ToAge FromAge ToYearsNotes
PrimaryPrimary School  5127Free but not compalsory
SecondaryCSEC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) Examinations  12175 
Post-secondaryCXC Caribbean Advanced Placement Examination (CAPE)  17 2 
TertiaryCollege/University      

Primary Education

Education on the twin Islands of St. Vincent and The Grenadines in the Caribbean Sea is free, but not compulsory, which undoubtedly contributes to the nation’s alarming record of child labor. Primary school lasts for 7 years.

Secondary Education

Attendance at secondary school hovers around 60% for both sexes. The first phase of this lasts for 5 years. This is followed by a further 2 year period for students intending to study further at tertiary level abroad.

Vocational Education

General vocational training is provided by the department of public works, and agricultural training by the ministry of agriculture. The ministry of education is responsible for adult education.

Tertiary Education

St. Vincent and The Grenadines  There are perhaps 1,000 young people studying at the Teachers Training College affiliated to the University of the West Indies, and the St Vincent Technical Community College founded in 1997 and illustrated here. It presents diploma programs in secretarial & business studies, electrical electronic & engineering technology, building construction, and agricultural science.


Students with higher academic aspirations must cross the ocean to North America to study further. Few return home to plow back the benefits.


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