Schools in Dominica
- Independent Schools
Primary female–male ratio: 0.97:1 (2012)
Secondary female–male ratio: 1.07:1 (2011)
Primary pupil–teacher ratio: 15.8:1 (2012)
Secondary pupil–teacher ratio: 12.2:1 (2011)
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.
Dominica’s private schools are either funded by private donors, or by the government through public-private partnership schemes (also known as publicly-assisted schools). In many ways pre-school education is entirely private, with NGOs and donors funding these due to them not being compulsory in Dominica. Dominica’s Education Ordinance does not prohibit the establishment of private schools, but gives a discretionary power to the Cabinet to determine whether a private school should be the beneficiary of public funds. Examples include the Orion Academy, which is operated by a private company;bthe Kairi School of Music and Pioneer Prep School.
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