Bermuda, regularly updated as a Gazetteer, focusing on this internally self-governing British Overseas Territory 900 miles north of the Caribbean, 600 the draft programmes of preschool education east of North Carolina, USA. There are schools in every one of the nine Bermuda Parishes.
21 square miles or 56 kilometers in total land area. There are about 700 public school teachers. Seventy Two Teachers’ Place, 72 Church Street, Hamilton HM 12. Box HM 726, Hamilton HM CX. No special housing plans or preferred professional grants or finance packages for teachers as there are in the UK, etc. The Bermuda Educators Council Act came into effect in July 2002. It improves standards in the profession and increases the esteem in which teachers are held.
It sets the framework for registration, not for licensing, but as a result all Bermudian and imported teachers – not those in an administrative role – will now have to be licensed. The Education Amendment Act 2003, among other things, sets the stage for the regulation of home schools. Education in Bermuda is compulsory for all children from 5 to 16. It is free for parents of students at Government schools, namely primary schools, middle schools, senior schools and special schools – all day schools – comprising preschools, junior, special and secondary schools – administered by Bermuda’s Ministry of Education. Newcomers with children of school age can choose whether to enroll them in a Government or private school, in Bermuda or overseas. Taxpayer-funded, unlike private schools which are not. All teachers in the government schools are eligible for membership in the Amalgamated Bermuda Union of Teachers, which negotiates salaries and conditions of service.
All principals in government schools are eligible for membership in the Association of School Principals, which similarly represents their interests. Programmes of professional development, salaries and conditions of service for teachers and principals have been continually improved. Government grants for primary education began in 1816. The government educational system of today derives, however, from the Schools Act 1879 and is based on the traditional British pattern. The government system comprises a number of primary schools, access to which is determined mainly on the basis of proximity of residence to a school.
The system at secondary level consists of a fewer number of schools, is selective and is divided between academic and general schools. Principals of the secondary schools select pupils on the basis of performance in an examination taken at the end of the primary school stage and of parental preference. Bermuda College, see by name below. Adult Education School, see by name below.
Cambridge curriculum assessors conducted a review of public schools after Cambridge Checkpoint results showed island pupils were lagging behind their international peers. Give pupils a bigger stake in their learning. Mr Rabain said teachers had been advised to focus their lesson plans to improve fluency, reasoning and problem solving, particularly in maths. The maths checkpoint, completed last April, found the Bermuda P6 national average score was 2. 4, compared with the international average of 3. The Bermuda M3 average was 2. Results in English and science were also a cause for concern.
Specialists with a track record of tackling failures in mathematics, English and science were taken off the job, according to the Bermuda Union of Teachers. An invitation to interview Cambridge curriculum assessors on a trip to the island was withdrawn at the eleventh hour yesterday by the Department of Education. Llewellyn Simmons, the Director of Academics at the education ministry, invited The Royal Gazette to interview the Cambridge representatives, who were invited to Bermuda after poor maths results were revealed last month. The future of our country down the drain for four years. Mike Charles, secretary-general of the Bermuda Union of Teachers, said it would be too expensive to renovate some schools and questioned if there would be enough pupils to fill them in any case.
Teachers are buying basic school necessities out of their own pockets, according to the Bermuda Union of Teachers. Budget since it returned to power, which will be delivered by David Burt, the Premier and finance minister, this Friday. Dr Santucci confirmed he resigned from the board on Tuesday, despite an invitation to remain from education minister Diallo Rabain. Mr Wade, a former Whitney Institute teacher, will be backed up by new deputy chairman, the Reverend Emilygail Dill.
The news came as public schools prepare to return tomorrow and a temporary arrangement to supplement the bus service with minibuses comes to an end. The Bermuda Union of Teachers today welcomed the appointment of Kalmar Richards as the new acting Commissioner of Education. Union leaders said it was vital that there was some stability within the Education Department, which has seen a succession of ministers and commissioners. The legal dispute over the sacking of education commissioner Freddie Evans is to go before the courts early next year. Dr Evans is seeking a judicial review of the decision to fire him from that post in October. The parties were told at a hearing yesterday that the case may not be heard until March.