Education in Dominica
Dominica is also known as the Commonwealth of Dominica. It is an island nation, which is situated in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean Sea. The government of Dominica is emphasizing to promote education and increase the quality of education amongst the schools.
Dominica has a well structured Education System. Education is compulsory from the age group of 5 to 16. The total number of schools operating in the territory of the island is 63, and 5 of them are private. After finishing primary school by passing exams, students attend a secondary school for 5 years. The island also has some educational institutions for children with special needs.
There are two education segments on the island: public (free education) and private (commercial institutions, private schools). The system of education is traditionally divided into 4 levels: preschool education, primary education, secondary education and higher education.
Dominica Grammar School is the oldest educational facility of the island. There are several colleges and special schools in the country, i.e. Dominica State College, Dominica Teachers Training College and Business Training Centre.
The State College established in 2002 is continuing to grow, and is finally moving towards full university status by beginning to award bachelors degrees in nursing.