School and Education in Barbados

The school system in Barbados consists of six years of elementary school and five years of high school, both of which are compulsory and free. At the upper secondary level there are three different school types.

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Almost all students continue in high school. Three public institutions offer higher education, which is also free. There are also private schools at every stage.

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Illiteracy was estimated to be approx. 2% in 1999.

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Barbados – Bridgetown


Bridgetown, capital of Barbados, Caribbean; 110,000 residents (2014). Bridgetown is located on the west coast of the island near its southern tip and is an important port for ocean-going shipping. The town was founded in 1628. The settlement is a sprawl of old and new. The church of Saint Michael’s Anglican Cathedral is built of coral limestone. The economy is based on sugar extraction, rum production and tourism. In 2011, the city’s older buildings and a nearby garrison were taken up by UNESCO’s World Heritage List.