Bahamas

Description

Bahamas' response to school closure

 

Context

Characteristics of the educational system

Data pulled from MOE Annual Report 2016 – 2017:

Primary enrolment: 28,407

Secondary enrolment: 4913

Stand alone pre-school: 992

 

491 schools (172 public, 319 private) – MOE Annual Report 2016 – 2017

2,935 teachers employed by the MOE, of which 1,705 in the primary grades.

 

Data pulled from 2018 UIS UNESCO:

 

Net enrolment Primary: 74% 

Net enrolment Secondary: 62.5% 

Responsible for the provision of educational service

The Ministry of Education/Department of Education

Immediate response

School closings

The Minister of Education delivered a press conference on the afternoon of March 18th, 2020 to outline the plan for continued lessons, while schools were closed.

Schools are currently opened. School reopening started in September. 

Social services provided during school closings

The Ministry of Education (MOE) announced the closure of all schools, both public and private, and educational institutions, beginning, Monday, March 16th, 2020 until Tuesday, April 14th, 2020. In the Public Sector, teachers and students are not required to report to school; However, all administrators, support staff, and security personnel are expected to report for duty.

Strategies for educational continuity

For pre, primary and high schools:

The Minister of Education delivered a press conference on the afternoon of March 18th, 2020 to outline the plan for continued lessons, while schools were closed.

Some private schools have rolled out virtual classrooms (St. Andrew’s & Queen’s College).

The University of The Bahamas has also announced they will utilize their virtual platforms.

At the moment a combination of online, hybrid and face-to-face strategies are coexisting. 

 

Support Tools

Availability of digital repository of educational content

The Minister of Education delivered a press conference on the afternoon of March 18th, 2020 to outline the plan for continued lessons, while schools are closed.

This topic was addressed.

Learning and communication platforms, digital content and websites are being used.

Availability of television or radio signals for educational purposes

TV and radio were used to deliver content.

Digital technologies for learning continuity

The country does not have such a platform

Digital technologies for monitoring learning

Digital technologies are in place. However, they are outdated.

Virtual tutorials (asynchronous and / or synchronous teaching)

The country does not have such a scheme rolled out nationally.

Connectivity

National digital education strategy

The country does not have such a strategy

Connectivity in schools for use of administrative and pedagogical management systems

Private schools more so than public schools.

 

Internet connectivity benefits for students and teachers

The Ministry of Education in collaboration with Aliv and BTC internet providers designed a platform to offer access to the internet, devices and training for students who lack the technological resources.

 

Challenges

Challenges of educational continuity during school closings

The Bahamas is an archipelagic system which poses a challenge, due to lack of technology in Family Island schools. Teachers are not prepared for the use of technology in education. 

Reopening

Plans to reopen schools

Protocols and plan for school reopening are being implemented.

Additional Information

Keywords:
Bahamas, COVID-19, Education continuity, Emergency remote teaching
Last Update: 11/12/2020
Diagnosis of digital management transformation:
No