In Grenada, education is modeled on the British system and is free and compulsory between ages of six and 14. However, poverty and seasonal demands to help bring in harvests, often lead to a high rate of absenteeism. Children begin primary school at five years of age and remain there for six years, after which they must pass a common entrance examination to proceed to secondary school.
The first phase of secondary education comprises three years of middle school (Grades 7–9). It culminates in a school-leaving certificate examination for those unable or unwilling to proceed further.
Students who remain at school for the second phase of secondary school spend two additional years and then have the choice of sitting for their Caribbean General Certificate of Education, or the Cambridge GCE.
While education in Grenada continues to be largely academic, the Government is pushing ahead with efforts to expand vocational options at schools. Plans are afoot to re-focus curricula to embrace arts, crafts, sports, and tourism, and thereby to plug national skills gaps.
The leading tertiary institution is the T. A. Marryshow Community College in Grenada. Here students can complete the first years of their university degrees, as well as 2- and 3-year programmes in nursing and pharmacy, and study for their GCE advanced levels.
At St. George’s University, full Bachelor Degrees in arts, veterinary science, medicine and general sciences are available. Further opportunities are also provided by the University of West Indies.