The schooling in Antigua and Barbuda is compulsory for
the age group of 5-12 years, and citizens have the right to
education up to 16 years. Tuition is free in public schools. See TOPSCHOOLSINTHEUSA for TOEFL, ACT, SAT testing locations and high school codes in Antigua and Barbuda.
The school is divided into three stages: 2 years of
preschool, 8 years of primary and 5 years of upper secondary
school. There are three higher education institutions.
About. 10% (2000) of the population are illiterate.
In 2002, Antigua & Barbuda, along with other Caribbean
states, joined a program designed by the OECD aimed at
increasing transparency in state administration and reducing
the opportunities for money laundering in the financial
system. In doing so, the country avoided being placed on the
OECD's black list of countries practicing money laundering
by criminal organizations.
In 2003, Caribbean cooperation organization CARICOM
Antigua appointed Foreign Minister Ronald Sanders as its new
chairman. That same year, Antigua Tlatelolco signed the
treaty banning the presence of nuclear weapons in Latin
America and the Caribbean.
In March 2004, Baldwin defeated Spencer of the United
Progressive Party Lester Bird in the parliamentary
elections, and Spencer was then able to take over the post
of prime minister. Bird had then dominated Antigua's
political life since the 1950's. In his takeover of power,
Spencer stated that in his work he would focus in particular
on combating the corruption that had developed into a pure
epidemic. Acc. Spencer had Bird's Workers Party do nothing
during his reign to curb the spread of corruption. He also
stated that the crimes committed by the party against the
people would be punished. Bird dismissed all accusations,
arguing that his party had already in 2002 adopted stricter
The personal tax had been abolished in 1975, but was
reintroduced in April 2005 in an attempt by the government
to reduce the government deficit it had inherited from
The 16-23. March 2006 was conducted in St. Johns a
seminar on money laundering and the financing of terrorism,
organized by the government, the IMF and the US Treasury.