Government and the Chamber have published an achievements list of steps taken to improve the education system and associated programmes, including creation of the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre, which exposes Year 12 students to both the classroom and workplace experience.
The list starts by citing steady improvement in external examination results for Year 12 students in government schools, chronicling annual increases through 2012, when nearly half (49 per cent) of those taking the tests gained five or more Level 2 passes, up from 2007s 27 per cent.
Other salient points include:
- establishment of high school graduation criteria that for the first time include academic standards;
- introduction of the National Workforce Development Agency to train and support Caymanians seeking employment and a work-readiness programme with private-sector organisations;
- the launch of Passport2Success, a training programme addressing employment barriers among young people;
- the 2011 creation of a literacy strategy to tackle underachievement in English;
- a 2012 teachers programme – with the Cayman Islands Society of Professional Accountants – addressing underachievement in mathematics;
- a Behaviour and Educational Support Teams programme for at-risk students;
- free, extended after-school programmes for students in primary and secondary government schools;
- reintroduced reception classes in four government primary schools;
- and significant physical improvements such as the new Clifton Hunter High School, two new classrooms at Layman Scott High School on the Brac, four new primary classroom blocks and the 2011 construction of a new hall at East End Primary.