Ask Bajan Mom: Home Schooling in Barbados
Q: Hey… I wanted to know if you knew anything about the homeschooling process in Barbados. I know that it is accepted, but I am unsure as to what the procedure is. I have been living outside of Barbados for the past 8 years. I have been home schooling my 2 children since that time and believe in the parents right to provide the best education possible for their child.
I do so with the help of online curriculum as my children are American citizens. I use a program which provides me with teacher assistance, books, and online class. By the end of their high school life, my children will have recognized high school diplomas. I would like to continue on this program with my children. Do you know of the procedure that I have to go through in order to do so.
I think such a program will be highly beneficial for parents in Barbados most schools are overcrowded and teachers are overworked. – H.W.
A: Dear H.W.,
Thank you for your question. There are many variables which may impact whether you may be able to continue the curriculum you outlined, one of which is the length of time that you plan to spend in Barbados. If your children are to sit any of our national or regional examinations, it may be in their interests to follow the appropriate curricula which lead to those certificates. Your best recourse is to contact the Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation at (246) 430-2700 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you want specifics.
Generically speaking, however, I do have some information for you. In order for a child to be home schooled in Barbados, one must write a letter, asking for permission, addressed to:
The Permanent Secretary
Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation
Elsie Payne Complex
In this letter you need to:
- Give the reason why your children are to be homeschooled,
- Include your children’s names, dates of birth and any previous schools that they attended,
- Provide the curriculum to be used for the Ministry’s perusal,
- Provide the qualifications of those who will tutor your child, whether it be you or someone you hire.
I hope that you find this information to be helpful and I wish you all the best in your planned transition.
Posted on August 9, 2014, in Ask Bajan Mom, Education, Moving to Barbados: Helpful Hints and tagged Barbados, curriculum, Education, home, homeschool, Ministry of Education, Moving, procedure, process, school, tutor. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.