School and Education in Saint Kitts and Nevis

Training

Schooling is free and compulsory between 5 and 16 years. The school is built on a British pattern with seven-year primary school and five or seven-year secondary school. At the post-secondary level there is a teacher’s college, a technical college and a branch of the University of the West Indies. The state has invested heavily in education. In 2005, the education sector accounted for about 10% of the state budget. The level of education is high compared to most countries in the region. Almost the entire population is literate (98%, 2003).

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Children and School

School in St. Kitts and Nevis

In St. Kitts and Nevis, too, children have to go to school. School attendance is compulsory from the age of 5 to 16 years. Elementary school is seven years and high school is five years. It is another two years to graduate from high school. The school system is based on the British, because the country was a British colony for a long time. School uniforms are also worn in St. Kitts and Nevis. Each school chooses the colors itself, often beige. The school year starts in September and ends in July. Students receive free transportation to and from school and free school books. Elementary school students also receive lunch at school.

Saint Kitts and Nevis Country Flag

Saint Kitts and Nevis flag source: Countryaah.com

Celebrate parties!

The Caribbean islands are known for their residents love to party. This is also the case in St. Kitts and Nevis. Carnival, for example, is celebrated on a large scale. It is celebrated from mid-December to early January. There are then many parades and the people are colorfully dressed and dance. Typical is a special masquerade with glittering clothes, which are decorated with ribbons, bracelets and mirrors. They also wear masks and peacock feathers. Stilt walkers are called moko jumbies and dance in the parades as well as clowns.

In late July or early August, Nevis also celebrates Culturama. Dances and music, boat trips, competitions and food are part of it. Culturama aims to keep the old traditions alive.