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Space not the issue in school segregation

No non-Caymanian children were turned away from public schools in the Cayman Islands because of capacity issues in the past academic year.

School bus collision in Frank Sound; four taken to hospital

Four people were transported to hospital Monday morning following a collision involving a school bus and another vehicle in Frank Sound. 
The Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC)

Tardy exam results complicate Year 12 entry

Year 12 students will begin the 2020-21 school year before the results of their external exams, such as CXC examinations, become available, advised the Department of Education Services on Friday.
John Gray High School

Government schools release key dates for start of school year

The Department of Education Services has released a schedule of key dates and important activities for the upcoming start of the new academic year.
John Gray High School

School registration continues for 2020/21 year

Registration is ongoing for the 2020/21 school year, scheduled to begin 26 Aug. 
John Gray High School

Education roundup: Minister outlines school reopening plan

Minister of Education Juliana O’Connor-Connolly appeared alongside several of her colleagues during the 26 June government press conference to address questions about reopening Cayman’s schools.  
Distance learning

Education ministry to track student ‘learning loss’

The Ministry of Education is implementing methods of tracking 'learning loss' for students who have spent the last several weeks being schooled at home during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Two men killed in separate road incidents

A motorcyclist and a pedestrian were killed hours apart in two separate road collisions in Bodden Town.

Student test scores show more work needs to be done

Preliminary test results show Year 11 Cayman students improving over last year while Year 6 scores declined.

School opening, orientation and test dates announced

Summer is on the wane and, with it, summer vacation. School is set to restart 27 Aug.

New school year starts in two weeks

The new school year starts on the week beginning 26 Aug., the Department of Education Services has announced.

Parents of special needs students in limbo

When Janet Dixon’s daughter was entering Year 3 at Bodden Town Primary, she had already been assessed by the Department of Education Services as having special education needs. The department recommended she receive additional help.

Governance change looming for schools

In his recent strategic policy statement to the Legislative Assembly, Premier Alden McLaughlin outlined a move to decentralise control away from the Ministry of Education and Department of Education Services.

Head of education takes new post at ministry

Changes in leadership have taken place at the Ministry of Education during January.
School buses

Investigation launched into school bus hitting dog

Education authorities have launched an investigation into an incident in which a school bus apparently struck a dog. A student on board the bus, which was transporting Clifton Hunter High School students, filmed the injured dog and posted the video to social media.

Teacher pleads not guilty to indecent assault

A high school teacher appeared in Grand Court on Friday, when he pleaded not guilty to charges relating to a girl under the age of 16.
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Grand Cayman schools hit by disease outbreak

An outbreak of hand, foot and mouth disease that surfaced a few weeks ago is still affecting some schools on Grand Cayman.

EDITORIAL – East End parents put primary school in ‘time out’

While we don’t endorse their methods and means of dealing with this particular issue, we certainly applaud these parents for engaging actively, and yes, passionately, in the education of their children.

New legislation intended to prevent terrorist financing

Government currently has no idea about how many nonprofit organizations operate in the territory, according to Ministry of Financial Services and Home Affairs Policy Officer Wilbur Welcome. Such lack of information is a problem for a jurisdiction susceptible to being used for terrorist financing and other nefarious activities, he said.

7 percent of students pass math exam re-sits

Just 13 out of 189 students achieved a “level 2 pass” in math exam re-sits in 2016, according to results from the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre.

School exam results stagnant

Exam performance in Cayman’s schools has remained stagnant over the last three years, according to results in national education data reports published last month.
School buses

Registration for government schools begins next month

The registration for students enrolling in, or transferring to government schools in Cayman for the 2017/2018 school year will open on Monday, April 3, and will close on Friday, June 30, the Department of Education Services advises.

Young Musician of the Year award finalists meet at luncheon

The finalists for the annual Butterfield Young Musician of the Year award met for an informal luncheon hosted at Butterfield Place in George Town on March 6.

Fun at the forefront for new school behavioral program

Students and staff at West Bay’s Sir John A. Cumber Primary School last week had a kickoff party to mark the launch of a program aimed at reinforcing good behavior. The new government-backed Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Framework event was attended by Education Minister Tara Rivers and other ministry representatives.

Fidel’s raises $950 for primary school program

A Christmas Karaoke Night at Fidel Murphy’s raised about $950 for Stepping Stones, the government program that helps primary school students with emotional or social difficulties reintegrate into traditional schools.

John Gray teacher acquitted of indecent assault loses job

A John Gray High School teacher who was found not guilty of indecent assaults on students has lost his job at the school, officials confirmed. The teacher, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was unanimously acquitted last month on charges that he had assaulted three female students.

Concern over mold at West Bay school

Debris and broken playground equipment is being cleared and air quality tests carried out at the Sir John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay following complaints from parents, education officials said this week. Images of broken swings, slides and a water fountain were posted on Facebook by parent Sarah Orrett, who is listed on the school’s website as vice president of the PTA.

School exams moving to computers in 2017

Filling in little circles on the Scantron sheet with a No. 2 pencil will be a thing of the past for students in Cayman government secondary schools. Starting in January, the Caribbean Examination Council tests will be giving all its Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate multiple choice exams on computers.

Young musician finalists to perform at Prospect Playhouse Theatre

The Young Musician of the Year competition is coming to a head this Saturday at the Prospect Playhouse Theatre.

Government school registration opens

Registration for students enrolling in or transferring to government schools for the 2016-2017 school year opens Tuesday and will close on June 24.

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