The credit system that was previously mentioned by Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn has been implemented.
In a statement made in the House of Assembly on 18 April the Minister announced that students of the various public high schools will be operating under this system. “A programme of credits has been introduced and therefore students will be required to earn credits over the three years towards graduation,” he said.
Hon. Walwyn announced that a total of 25 credits can be earned each year by students; and he noted that the minimum requirement for graduation will be credit of 20 per year or 60 over the three years.
Prior to his House of Assembly statement on Monday, Hon. Walwyn mentioned the credit system to Ministry stakeholders at a briefing that was held on January 10. At that time he said: “We are diligently working on a credit system to be applied at the secondary level as we remove the School Leaving examination and develop full requirements for graduation.”
Under the credit system, Hon. Walwyn explained that students will be required to meet prerequisites such as the National Citizenship Programme, proficiency testing in Mathematics and English Language and the completion of required credits in subjects completed at secondary level.
Currently public high schools in the BVI operate under the subject system where from the first year a number of subjects are taught with a later tapering off to suit the area of study (business, technology, science etc). However, with the credit system the students will be able to select from mandatory and elective courses.