The BVI education system will be making another leap towards educational advancement with the proposed implementation of a credit system in the Territory’s High Schools.
Currently 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.
Minister for Education and Culture, Hon. Myron Walwyn made the announcement during his remarks at the graduation of the secondary division of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre. The Minister announced: “Plans are afoot for the implementation of credits in our senior secondary schools. The introduction of a credit system at the secondary level of the Virgin Islands’ schools has been in discussion and very soon it will be another modification to what currently exists.”
“The rationale for the introduction of credits is to offer students a wider range of subjects for study based on ability and interests and to further align the Virgin Islands’ Education System with internationally accepted standards. This system will require students to accumulate credits at the Senior Secondary School level to be promoted to the next grade level and ultimately to earn a diploma at the end of Senior School,” the Minister stated.
In his explanation of how the program was going to function, Hon. Walwyn said: “Prior to the beginning of the senior year (10thGrade) each student will be required to register for the Programme of choice to be undertaken in the Senior Secondary School. Each course is designed with a weight or credit value. The credit system will enable students to accumulate credits over a three-year period and hence meet the qualifications for graduation.”