Education in Dominica

Joined Commonwealth: 1978

Population: 72,000 (2012)

GDP p.c. growth: 1.8% p.a. 1990–2012

UN HDI 2012: World ranking 72

Net primary enrolment: 92% (2010)

Net secondary enrolment: 83.4% (2011)


Public spending on education was 4 per cent of GDP in 2010.

Free textbooks are provided for all primary school pupils and for secondary students in Years 1-3. The Education Trust Fund provides financial support to students who lack the means to complete secondary school.

There are 12 years of compulsory education starting at the age of five. Primary school comprises seven years and secondary five. Some 87.8 per cent of pupils complete primary school (2011). The school year starts in September.

Children with special needs are catered for by institutions such as the School for the Hearing Impaired and Alpha Centre.

Further education is provided at a teacher-training college; a nursing school; and at the regional University of the West Indies, which has a branch in Dominica and main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. The Dominica State College, a publicly funded institution, offers programmes leading to GCE ALevel, certificates, and associate degrees; and a large and diverse programme of continuing education for mature students.